Stream Benthos and Hydrologic Data Assessment

Description

This project is an in-depth assessment of the City's continuous flow and stream benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring data using metrics researched and developed over the last 15 years by King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks - Water and Land Resources Division.

This project will compare flow metric results to land use/land cover within the contributing drainage basin and to stream benthic macroinvertebrate data to assess for land use and flow alteration impacts to the steam benthos community.

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Background

The City's Water Quality and Flow Monitoring Program (WQFMP) was developed in 2007 through a Washington State Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Fund Grant to monitor the freshwater, marine nearshore water, and stormwater quality of Bainbridge Island to support the City's efforts to protect and restore federal and state-designated beneficial uses.

As part of the WQFMP, the City currently monitors stream benthic macroinvertebrates in seven streams Islandwide, and maintains four long-term automated flow monitoring stations representative of the Island's primary flow regimes.

Status

Completed December 2015.

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