Join the World Water Monitoring Challenge!

World Water Monitoring Challenge2016 World Water Monitoring Challenge at Carkeek Park
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10AM—Noon
This event is FREE and suitable for ages 8 to adult
No experience necessary

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The Clean Water Act’s anniversary is October 18. To celebrate, CWCAP hosts the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) each year at Carkeek Park to “build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.”

The results from this event are compiled and shared with EarthEcho International where the data is tracked. Depending on the number of participants, groups of various sizes are formed and sent to sampling stations along the established trails in the park to perform water temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen tests with the simple kits that are provided.

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. “Clean Water Act” became the Act’s common name with amendments in 1972.

This outdoor activity takes about 2 hours. Everyone gathers for about a half hour to talk about the program and the plan for the sampling. Once the groups are sent on their way, there’s time to discuss and share since the actual sampling includes a bit of waiting for tests to finish. The park is beautiful and conversations are extraordinary.

The first returning salmon in 2015 were seen on October 26. There’s nothing to stop them from returning even earlier this year! In any case, there is lots of excitement in the park as the entire community anticipates the fall return of salmon in the park. Returning salmon are celebrated each year for many reasons, but clean, safe, and healthy water is among the best reasons.

If you’d like to join us, you’ll learn about basic water quality testing while sharing a great curiosity and love for our natural systems.

Leave a comment or email (call|text 206-235-7431) for more information or to participate.

KIRO 7 presents Cox Conserves Heroes Award

Morgan, Bill, Helen, Kortney, Kelly; 9-20-16
2016 Seattle Cox Conserves Heroes. Morgan Palmer (KIRO 7 meteorologist), Bill Hagen ($5,000 award runner up), Helen Koenig ($10,000 award winner), Kortney Okuru ($5,000 award runner up), Kelly Franson (KIRO 7 meteorologist); Washington Athletic Club, September 20, 2016

KIRO 7, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), selected Bill Hagen, CWCAP Salmon Programs Director, as one of three finalists for the 2016 annual KIRO7/Trust for Public Land/Cox Conserves Hero award for his many years of contributions to salmon restoration, education, and outreach at Carkeek Park.

The awards were presented by the enthusiastic staff of KIRO 7 and the Trust for Public Lands on September 20, 2016 during a luncheon at Seattle’s Washington Athletic Club.

The top award went to Helen Hoenig for her great work in her community. Helen’s Cox Conserves Heroes donation of $10,000 will go to Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

One runners up award went to Bill Hagen for his great work at Carkeek Park. Bill’s Cox Conserves Heroes donation of $5,000 will go to Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project.

The other runners up award went to Kortney Okura for her great work in her community. Kortney’s Cox Conserves Heroes donation of $5,000 will also go to Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

CWCAP is deeply thankful to KIRO 7’s Jill Wiggins and Kelly Franson for their excellent outreach program. From the beginning and every step of the way, their professionalism and expertise has been apparent and appreciated. The months-long campaign concluded on September 20 with a cordial, informative, and inspiring ceremony that brought together great connections among the three finalists and their benefactors.

Bill Hagen basking in the sun shortly after being presented the Cox Conserves Heroes award by KIRO 7 and the Trust for Public Lands; 9-20-16
Bill Hagen basking in the sun shortly after being presented the Cox Conserves Heroes award by KIRO 7 and the Trust for Public Lands; 9-20-16