March 2015 Stream Stewards Update

Bridge over Boise Creek at Mud Mountain Road/Lower Boise Creek Natural Area

Spring is HERE!

Hope everyone is enjoying the mild and relatively DRY weather!

Please give a big welcome/congratulations to current Stream Steward Dianne Dochow. She is joining the SS administrative team and will be taking over the cleaning and stocking of the kits when Liz and Nikki aren’t able to. She will also be assisting with the training events throughout the year.

Erin, Nikki, Liz and Dianne are in the planning stages for upcoming training events for new Stream Stewards, as well as some special events for you current volunteers. We are going to fill you in on those details as soon as we get them firmed up.

The Enumclaw High School Stream Stewards will be doing more testing very soon. They will have their own kit and their testing shouldn’t interfere with the kit usage at the Treatment Plant.

Next week we will be ordering an additional kit to reside at the Treatment Plant. We’re hoping that this will help alleviate the potential of you arriving to check out a kit and none being ready to use.

Future Events and Training

Enumclaw Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

As soon as it is confirmed with the Treatment Center Staff, we will let you know. This has been a long time coming. Unfortunately, this will not be a weekend tour. We hope you can make it.

Google Calendar Training

We will be looking to plan a get-together to go over the Google Calendar scheduling for those that have had difficulty using it.

Featured Research

We thought you might find this link from Science Daily interesting:

Nutrient pollution damages streams in ways previously unknown, ecologists find
Date: March 5, 2015
Source: University of Georgia
Summary: An important food resource has been disappearing from streams without anyone noticing until now. Ecologists reports that nutrient pollution causes a significant loss of forest-derived carbon from stream ecosystems, reducing the ability of streams to support aquatic life.

Thank you!

Please keep testing! And please remember to send e-mail to the SS address at least a week before you plan on testing with your planned testing dates if you can’t add them to the Google Calendar. If you need anything at all, please just send an e-mail to and someone will get back to you shortly.

Translate »