Hope Mountain Centre contracts with the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (SEEC) to monitor stream water quality through water testing and invertebrate sampling in the Upper Skagit River Watershed on a yearly basis.
Study objectives—which drive the sampling study approach—are to detect, over time, significant changes in water quality of the Upper Skagit River and its tributaries. Changes in water quality could be from development pressures within the watershed or large scale environmental changes as a result of climate change, forest fire, insect infestation and so on. Test sites are monitored in areas likely to be impacted by human activities and reference sites will be tracked as indicators of large scale environmental changes. If changes are observed, the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (SEEC) will decide on their importance and take action by informing the appropriate authorities.
We are looking for volunteers who have a penchant for the outdoors, love the Cascade Mountains and can’t resist splashing around in creeks and streams!
Contact HMCOL water sampling project manager if interested – firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Sponsor: Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
Project Lead: Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
Location: Streams in the Skagit Watershed north of the U.S.-Canada border accessed by Hwy 3 to Manning Park and Silver-Skagit Road to Ross Lake.
Timeframe: Mid- to late-August. Two or three stream locations are sampled each day for a week.
Time Commitment: Three volunteers are needed per day. Preference is for volunteers who can commit to 2 or more days due to learning ramp-up time. Each day is long (but fun!) lasting about 8 hours, which includes driving time to and from Hope.
Technical Experience: We will be collecting habitat data, stream measurements, invertebrates (bugs) and water samples. No prior experience in water sampling is required. A short training session is planned the week before fieldwork.
Physical Requirements: Volunteers should be prepared to be outdoors all day in the backcountry and must be in reasonably good shape–bushwhacking through brush or wading through fast moving streams is possible.
Clothing: Volunteers must be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Proper attire should be brought for unexpected changes in mountain weather. Waders and water safety equipment will be provided.
Transportation: Provided to water testing sites from Hope, BC.