Shoreline College Environmental Club observes surface water drainage challenges and solutions in Piper’s Creek Watershed

Rick Henry, Adria Magrath, and Chip Dodd discuss salmon life cycles with Shoreline College students at the Carkeek Park salmon imprinting facility; March 4, 2017

Shoreline College students joined CWCAP on Saturday, March 4, 2017 as their Environmental Club sought to understand the various ways in which Seattle Public Utilities and homeowners around the steep ravines of Carkeek Park manage surface water runoff.

Natural drainage systems, stormwater drains and outfall pipes, improvised street-side ditches, and un-managed runoff into the steep-sided ravine slopes were observed and discussed.

Downstream is the CWCAP imprinting facility that releases 90-100,000 salmon fry every Spring and just a little downstream from there is the spawning grounds for hundreds of salmon every Fall.  SCC students discussed salmon life cycles, how salmon are imprinted, how salmon are released, and what ecosystem challenges they face as ocean-bound maturing fish.

Adria Magrath along with Chip Dodd, SCC faculty, provided excellent context and experience as we found ways to understand the dynamic urban Piper’s Creek Watershed.

 

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