SEALASKA Day Campers Help With Imprint System

SEALASKA day campers help maintain the lengthy intake pipe along Venema Creek; Jul 27, 2016 photo by Ramonte Stanmore, 17
SEALASKA day campers help maintain the lengthy intake pipe along Venema Creek; Jul 27, 2016 photo by Ramonte Stanmore, 17

SEALASKA Middle and High School Day Campers Help With Imprint System Maintenance

SEALASKA in partnership with the University of Washington brought together 14 middle and high school summer day campers for activities at Carkeek Park.

They took time on July 27 to help CWCAP volunteers with important maintenance on the Imprint Pond System. This great bunch of kids learned about the history of salmon in Carkeek Park and the specific activities that make it possible for salmon to return to the Piper’s Creek Watershed every year. Then they got to work maintaining sedimentation tanks, measuring system water flow rates, and removing debris from around some 200 feet of intake pipe.

The day campers helped submerge a video camera and record fascinating footage of a day in the life of resident coastal cutthroat trout after spotting juvenile trout in a pool in Mohlendorph Creek.

Photos SEALASKA Day Campers learn and work slideshow

Resident cutthroat trout are in Carkeek Park year-round

Resident coastal cutthroat trout are found year-round Mohlendorph, Venema, and Piper’s Creeks; photo of Adan Martinez, UW Fishery graduate working with CWCAP during the annual salmon spawning survey on Nov. 15, 2014

Resident cutthroat trout are in Carkeek Park year-round

Thousands of salmon fry are released every Spring by CWCAP volunteers and hundreds of adults return in the Fall to spawn. But did you know that there are year-round resident coastal cutthroat (Oncorhynchus clarkii sp.) in the creeks too?

Adult cutthroat trout spawn in the Spring and there are juveniles throughout the system in Mohlendorph, Venema, and Pipers Creeks, and the lower wetlands.