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Sound Salmon Solutions
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Project Title:
YESS – Youth Exploring Stream Science
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation
Central Puget Sound
King County ; Snohomish County
Project Description:

Sound Salmon Solutions (SSS) was recently approached by the Snohomish County Juvenile Court (SCJC) staff with a request to provide meaningful experiences with watershed science for youth who are a part of their diversion programs. Youth who qualify for diversion programs have been charged with a crime and sentenced for detention, however due to low risk of re-offense,
have been given the option to complete community-based service learning with SSS. In order to remain eligible for these alternative programs, participants must maintain good behavior and show commitment to becoming a productive community member. The purpose of diversion programs such as Youth Exploring Stream Science (YESS) is to divert youth away from the criminal justice system and towards community-based integration and support options. SSS sees this as a more appropriate response than confinement, and a more productive way of addressing and preventing future delinquency. SSS staff very much believes in the transformative nature of environmental education to empower youth to make meaningful and impactful connections with their communities, learn team building skills, develop empathy through contact with the natural world, and provide inspiration to pursue careers in environmental sciences, education, and natural resource and water quality management. At the hatchery and Jones Creek, participants will be engaged in water quality sampling in order to analyze properties of the water such as amount of phosphates, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and temperature. Participants will learn how human actions contribute to the level of each in an aquatic habitat and how salmon and other aquatic life are impacted by each. Participants will then complete a bioassessment of water quality through the collection and identification of macroinvertebrates and compare these results with the more traditional water quality testing.