KCD’s Stream Steward Program trains and supports local community members to test water quality on creeks and streams in targeted creek and river basins. Currently, KCD Stream Stewards test water quality parameters in Boise Creek and Newaukum Creek sub-basins in South King County. After attending a training on how to test water quality parameters, Stream Stewards go out in pairs monthly to run the water quality tests at their assigned locations.
KCD Stream Stewards conduct the following water quality tests each month:
- Water and air temperature
- Nitrate nitrogen
- Dissolved Oxygen
- E. coli
- Stream Bed Conditions
Become a Stream Steward
If you are interested in becoming a KCD Stream Steward, register to attend the next training event or click here to go to the sign up form. Anyone is welcome to become a Stream Steward after attending a training. This program is great for families, students, landowners, or anyone interested in volunteering outside!
Initially funded in October 2013 by a generous grant from The Russell Family Foundation and a WRIA 10 grant, KCD initiated a pilot Stream Steward Program in partnership with King County, the City of Enumclaw and Pierce Conservation District. The KCD Stream Steward program is modeled after Pierce Conservation District’s “Stream Team” program, which began in 1994.