Our summer StreamTeam Interns have been collecting habitat data on Hood Canal streams since 1998!

StreamTeam interns conduct field surveys which consist of characterizing stream habitat by collecting data on important indicators of salmon habitat quality. The survey crew logs benchmark and streamway information into a GIS datalogger in order to establish precise location data of the stream systems. This spatial information is used to characterize stream changes and is shared with other Hood Canal stakeholders. The crew also collects measurements for channel width, gradient, they count and measure pools, large woody debris, and lay benchmarks (see Intern-Habitat-Surveying-Protocols). From 2000-2011 they collected benthic marcoinvertebrate data on multiple tributaries of the Dewatto River as part of the Nutrient Supplementation Study.

StreamTeam information has helped to identify fish passage barriers and also led to various restoration projects.