In the Flow STREAMKEEPERS OF CLALLAM COUNTY—UPDATE TO VOLUNTEERS February 29, 2000 SPRING INTO MONITORING ACTION Sign Up for Field Kits The blooming primroses remind us that the next monitoring session is April 1-30, and you can call any time to reserve a field kit. (Bear/Lake Creek, have no fear—we’ve already signed you up for 3/31-4/7.) We'd love to fill up the calendar without having to make any reminder calls, so team leaders especially, please start making contact with your team members. Call us if you need a new roster. Volunteer to Coordinate Sign-Ups? Since we lost Christina and haven’t been able to replace her (see below), we could use help contacting team leaders and making sure everyone gets signed up for a field kit. Is there any brave soul out there who likes (or doesn’t mind) calling people? Please call us to get set up. Spring Monitoring Preview April may have been the cruelest month for T.S. Eliot, but here we’re going pretty easy on you. You’ll note from the schedule on page 6 of your Volunteer Handbook that all you’ll need to do this round is flow, water chemistry, fish, wildlife, and weeds. Even the Grab Sample Team for fecal coliform has a bit of an easier task, since your sampling window is in either April or May. So, more time to get the back 40 planted! January Monitoring January monitoring went swimmingly. Kudos to all of you for your participation and good-sportedness! Grab Sample results are available at the office, if you're interested. The rest of the data is waiting for data entry, but our cursory review of it looked pretty good. UPDATES FROM THE DESK FRONT Data Entry This is our big burning priority these days. We have to get the last three quarters of data entered into a spreadsheet form, and then develop some data analysis and reporting routines. We're hard at work on those tasks--call us if you know any Excel Expert who might be able to help us. We hope to be ready to start inputting data by late March; look for more info in the next update. Streamkeepers’ Loss; Americorps’ Gain We’re both happy and sorry to tell you that Christina Engel, our trusty administrative assistant since last April, has moved on to a position with Americorps in the Sequim school district. Though a great opportunity for her to learn new skills, this move leaves us with a gaping hole, as we scramble around trying to manage without her. Josey Paul and the Outlaw Photo Protocol Josey Paul showed up at our doorstep last month offering to volunteer. He’s interested in helping some of the teams in April, so that he can learn the ropes. In addition, he’s agreed to do some research into a better system to take and identify photographs, to organize a team to take GPS readings at all monitoring reaches, and to research the possibility of writing a Reach Map protocol that uses a GPS unit rather than all those measurements. What a guy! Call him if you’d like to lend him a hand. Stream Health Report – Proposal about Release The Citizens’ Summary Stream Health Report (AKA the 8 Streams Report) is slowly coming together and soon no one will be able to tell how hard we've all worked on what looks like a simple summary of the data collected. Because the 8 Streams Project ended a year ago and the monitoring we do now is so different, we'd like to complete the final draft and send it only to volunteers and selected agency folks. When we prepare the first Streamkeepers report (late 2000 or early 2001), we'll append the 8 Streams Report and release them together. That way no one will be confused thinking that what we did from 1997-1999 is what we currently do. If you object, let us know. Where Does the Time Go? If you're wondering what we work on when you're not out monitoring, or why we constantly say the program needs more than 30 hours a week of staff time, come in and pick up our draft program workscope. It's impressive! It includes the volunteer workscope plus a lot of other tasks - all of those unseen machinations and "curlicues" that keep this program growing steadily into a really great volunteer monitoring effort. HELP WANTED Logo Design Contest Please spread the word – Streamkeepers needs a logo! We are holding a little contest, in which we invite anybody with a good idea to design our logo and submit their entry to our office by April 7 at 5:00 pm. Artistic ability is not a requirement; we can have an illustration professionally rendered if we need to. However, each logo design entry must be: clearly recognizable (i.e. not need explanation like “this will be a tree”), on white 8.5 x 11’ paper (and on disk if you do it on the computer), reproducible in black and white at a variety of sizes down to 1”square, simple & stream-oriented, include the name “Streamkeepers of Clallam County”, and have your name, phone number and address attached. Call us if you want a flyer (Linda Dolan’s working on this job) ‘Office’ Help for Streamkeepers If you're interested in being an active Streamkeeper even when not out on the creeks, we would LOVE to put you to work in the office. We have a long list of projects all lined up for any of you eager helpers. Many of the projects will fare best if you plan to come and work in the office for a number of regular hours; however, we also have some very quick projects, as well as some take-home work. So if you're at all interested in additional Streamkeeper hours, please call! All hours spent on Streamkeeper-related tasks (including travel and work you do at home) count, so be sure to fill out a 'volunteer hours worked' form when you come in. PROGRAMMATIC UPDATE New Natural Resources Division The Clallam County Department of Community Development (DCD) reorganized late last year, and now Streamkeepers is part of the Natural Resources Division of DCD (created from the Planning Department and made up of all of us who work on natural resources issues). Andy Brastad, who used to work for Environmental Health, is our new fearless leader. Streamkeepers Budget and Funding Status Streamkeepers was funded for 2000 at 30 hours per week of total staff time, with no money for a third field kit. Since the workscope we developed last December at our Steering Committee meeting was designed to run on a minimum of 45 hours per week of staff time, and ideally needs 70 hours per week (1.5 managers plus a part-time assistant), we're now trying to figure out options for keeping the program at its current, high-performing level. Stay tuned. There are some good things in the works, and we hope we'll be able to supplement our budget with some grant funding. In the meantime, we're doing what we can with the time we have, and we appreciate the willingness to pitch in and help that many of you have demonstrated. Office Hours and Staffing Here's our current work schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, roughly 9-5. Jessica works M, W and Ed works W, F. Obviously, these are the best days for getting a hold of us or dropping by the office (if you want to visit with us, it's best to call ahead!) The office is open 8-5 M-F if you want to pick something up or drop something off. STREAMKEEPERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE Monitoring Leads to Cleanup Many of you know that Fall Grab Sample Team (GST) monitoring turned up elevated coliform levels on Valley and Cassalery Creeks that prompted the Environmental Health Department to address the problems. They found a failed septic system near Valley Creek and helped the landowner hook up to the City septic system. January GST results for Valley Creek were substantially lower - good work, GST! Cassalery Creek continues to be a problem, but the Health Department has ruled out the Sunland water system as the source. While some of the "hot spots" (sources of fecal coliform) have been found, others remain a mystery...stay tuned! Streamkeepers at Large Many of our Streamkeeper volunteers are also reaching out into additional, natural-resource-related pursuits. We think you'll enjoy knowing how your contemporaries are involved in the community. Let us know if you have news to share! Jack Smith continues to be an uber-monitor, leading Streamkeeper teams on Bell and (soon) Jimmycomelately Creeks, as well as the Grab Sample Team, and also belonging to Dungeness Bay Watchers and volunteering for WDFW on salmon- and elk-related projects. Bobbie Baldwin and Bob Vail (former 8 Streams volunteer) have recently been appointed to the County Planning Commission. Gary Gleason ran for a spot but wasn't chosen this time, giving him more time to work for non-motorized trail development. Gary, Don Schuba, Linda Dolan, and Bobbie Baldwin are all actively involved in citizen caucuses for EMMT (pronounced "Emmett"), the Elwha-Morse Management Team, AKA Watershed Council. Linda Dolan has activities both coming and going: at Stevens Middle School, where she works as an Americorps volunteer, she organizes field trips, the environmental club, and the restoration of a wetland behind the school. (Brenda Lipe, a teacher at Stevens, also helps on these projects.) At Railroad Bridge Park on the Dungeness, where she serves as live-in park host for the Rainshadow Natural Science Foundation, she organizes work parties and shares smiles with young and old alike! Gwen Pierce serves as a docent for both the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and the Rainshadow Foundation. Bob Boekelheide organizes the annual spring and Christmas bird counts for the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society. Herding birders makes him feel relieved to return to his P.A. High School environmental classes! Jack & Ian Caldicott coordinate the Small Farm Incubator Project of WSU Cooperative Extension of Clallam County, which emphasizes water quality and conservation. Chris Eckley is currently off in the forests of Ecuador, doing volunteer environmental work and getting paid in bananas, but he should be back anytime now. MORE FUN STUFF RELATED TO STEWARDSHIP People for Salmon presents two monitoring workshops in March. Each workshop is a full-day introduction to protocols that can be used in monitoring stream restoration and enhancement projects. These workshops aren't a substitute for Streamkeepers training, as the protocols differ. However if you're looking for an extensive education in monitoring techniques, the classes might be very interesting. 1) Monitoring Field Workshops at Haskell Slough, Monroe, WA Tuesday March 14, 2000 9-4 2) Monitoring Riparian Vegetation, Enumclaw, WA Tuesday, March 28, 2000 9:30-4 Workshops are free, but space is limited, so RSVP's are required. Contact Carl Menconi at (206) 417- 4736, email firstname.lastname@example.org. March Tree-Planting Madness with North Olympic Salmon Coalition. 9:00-2:00 every Saturday and some Sundays in March: Salt Creek (March 4th), Chimacum Creek (March 11-12 & 18-19), Pysht River, Louie Lee Creek (March 25). Each of these creeks has had extensive instream work done to enhance the rearing habitat for Coho, with noticeable results. Now the work switches to planting trees, which will provide shade and cover in years to come. Call Greg at NOSC to RSVP (360) 379-8051. North Olympic Salmon Coalition smolt trap installation. If you’re interested in helping WDFW and Tribes install and monitor smolt traps on streams throughout the North Olympic peninsula, contact Greg at NOSC (360) 379-8051. Installation usually takes a solid day. Volunteers install posts and screens in a funnel-like configuration and sandbag it all in place. NOSC volunteers monitor a small trap on Meadowbrook Creek daily and will begin working on the Snow Creek trap this spring. Olympic Coast Clean-Up: April 22-23, 2000. Spend a Weekend at the Beach! Celebrate Earth Day's 30th anniversary and expand your monitoring skills! The Olympic Coast Clean-Up will collect and remove marine debris from Shi Shi Beach to South Kalaloch beach. Teams will be formed to clean up designated zones of approximately 1/2 mile to 1 mile in length. Volunteers will also record descriptions of the debris collected as well as bird and mammal information. To sign up or for more information, contact Jan Klippert, Project Coordinator, phone: 206-365-2689, email: email@example.com. HOPE TO SEE Y’ALL SOON! AS MR. & MS. NATURAL SAY, “KEEP ON MUCKIN’”!