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We monitor streams, and
we do it well.

What is Streamkeepers?

Streamkeepers, a citizen-based watershed monitoring program of Clallam County's Public Works - Roads Department, provides volunteer opportunities and project assistance in the effort to protect and restore our local watersheds.

Streamkeepers is:

  • A scientific organization providing monitoring and data-management assistance toward the protection and restoration of local waterbodies.
  • A volunteer opportunity for residents interested in Citizen Science and stewardship.

Program Goals

  • Provide credible data to decision-makers acting to protect and restore local watersheds:
    • Describe current watershed conditions
    • Identify trends
    • Track known problem areas
    • Screen for potential problems
    • Help determine watershed restoration priorities
    • Monitor the effectiveness of watershed restoration and protection projects
  • Report the information to a variety of audiences.
  • Facilitate public involvement in Citizen Science and stewardship.

What sort of work do Streamkeepers do?

Our stream teams perform regular quarterly monitoring at established sites on local streams, measuring aspects of stream health such as the quality of the water, the diversity of life forms, and the integrity of the physical habitat, under an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan. In addition, we conduct streamwalks, teach about watershed stewardship in the greater community, and manage & analyze mounds of data!

We also perform and assist with special projects by other organizations—cities, tribes, NGOs, and other agencies—including monitoring water quality and flow, grabbing stormwater samples, collecting stream invertebrates, tracking salmon spawning and rearing activity, replanting riparian areas, and tracking and controlling invasive species.

What do Streamkeepers measure?

We train volunteers to assess a variety of biological, physical, and chemical stream health indicators through a structured quarterly monitoring program:

Biological health

  • Benthic macroinvertebrates ("stream bugs")
  • Fish & wildlife
  • Noxious weeds
  • Bacteria

Chemical health

  • Temperature
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Conductivity/Salinity
  • Turbidity
  • pH
  • Nutrients

Physical health

  • Streamwalk
  • Photographs
  • Reach maps
  • Flow
  • Gradient
  • Not currently monitoring, but equipped to monitor:
    • Stream cross-section
    • Erosion & revetment
    • Substrate and pools
    • Large woody debris
    • Riparian vegetation

How is the data used? (See this section from our Handbook)

Streamkeepers can help on your watershed!

Streamkeepers accepts requests from citizens, organizations, and governments in need of special services. The scope of available assistance includes:

  • monitoring services
  • data management and analysis
  • outreach and education
  • hands-on restoration work
  • match for grants

For more details, see Streamkeepers´ Monitoring Services.

How do I get involved?

Streamkeepers’ annual training takes place each summer, involving several evening sessions and a field day, finishing up by late July. But you can always join Streamkeepers prior to formal training and learn to perform some of the procedures "on the job."

You can begin the Volunteer Intake process at any time.

For more information, contact us.