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Summer Newsletter 2009

Summer Newsletter 2009

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Summer Newsletter 2009
Inside this Issue:Nearshore Update....................................3Construction Update.............................4,5Community Education...........................6,7SPSSEG News............................................8LWD Recruitment.....................................9Partner Spotlight: Lead Entity..................10Kennedy Creek SPLASH...........................11
 
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Summer 2009
Hello reader,This past summer I’ve been fortunate enough tohelp teach salmon curriculum at several educa-tion and outreach events in the South Soundincluding: Forest Fest, Kids with Conservation Knowledge (KWICK), New Market Skills Center, and the Northwest Youth Conservation FlyFishing Academy. In total, over 600 students (20 classes) participatedin these sessions and hopefullly they learned some interesting factsabout salmon and aquatic habitat.Although each education session is different, I always seem to high-light the usual topics such as; salmon lifecycle, food web, spawning behaviors, ocean derived nutrients, and in-stream habitat requirements.But perhaps one of the most interesting topics we discuss is the im- portance of water quality and what students can do to help keep water clean for both salmon and people.Although there are no easy solutions to address all water quality problems in Puget Sound, there are a few simple steps that we can alltake to reduce pollution and increase local water in
ltration. One easyway to improve water quality is to simply change some old habits athome. Consider using natural lawn care as an alternative to chemicalsand conserve water by adding mulch to gardens that help limit weedswhile preventing moisture loss.If you have localized drainage issues on your property, attend a freeRain Garden workshop to learn if this treatment is right for your yard.There is much more information about rain gardens later on in thisnewletter. Just remember that each rain garden site is different and ithelps to do your homework up front to maximize its effectiveness.Cold, Clean, Clear, and Constant water are likely the most importanthabitat requirements for salmon, with in-stream habitat complexitycoming in a close second. Remember that people and salmon needclean water, so let’s try to keep it clean together.Thank you for reading this edition of the Salmon Gram! Please pass italong to a friend or colleague when you’re
nished.Sincerely,
 Lance Winecka 
Cover: SPSSEG’s Kristin Williamson and Kim Gridley hosting a Nearshore education work-shop at Chambers Bay Beach.
SalmonGram is published twice per year by the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG), a 501(c) (3)non-pro
t, volunteer-based organization that conducts salmon habitat restoration, salmon enhancement, and communityeducation to increase salmonid populations in the South Puget Sound Region.The SPSSEG is one of fourteen Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups created in 1989 by the Washington State Legisla-ture. The Regional Fishery Enhancement Program is partially supported by surcharges on sport and commercial
shinglicenses. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife provides technical and administrative support to the program.
Message from theExecutive Director 
Board of Directors
The SPSSEG is administered by a nine-mem-ber volunteer board elected by the generalmembership.
 Jack Havens - PresidentTim Layton - Vice PresidentDan Wrye - Treasurer Jessica Moore - SecretaryTerry Wright Joe WilliamsDuane FagergrenSteve Brinkopen position
Sta
Lance Winecka - Executive DirectorChristine Garst - Accounts ManagerKristin Williamson - Project ManagerBrian Combs - Project ManagerKimberlie Gridley - Project ManagerRebekah Bahrt - SPSCC Work Study
Contact
6700 Martin Way East, Suite 112Olympia, WA 98516Phone: (360) 412-0808www.spsseg.orgMessage from the Director............2Nearshore Update..........................3Construction Update...................4,5Community Education................6,7SPSSEG News.................................8LWD Recruitment...........................9Partner Spotlight: Lead Entity......102009 Kennedy Creek Splash.........11
This Issue:
 
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Summer 2009
On the Shores of Puget Sound
On the Shores of Puget Sound 
By Kristin WilliamsonSPSSG has been working withPierce County and students fromthe Gig Harbor High SchoolMarine Biology and Ecologyclasses to collect baseline dataregarding the physical and biological condition of ChambersBay Beach. Students collectedinformation on beach substrate,slope, and backshore vegetation.The classes found surf smelt andsand lance eggs on the beach,demonstrating the importanceof this location as a forage
shspawning beach. Students alsocollected insect samples from theupper beach to monitor input of  prey sources to support rearing andforaging juvenile salmon using thisshoreline.The beach and adjacent uplandwere once the site of a large-scalegravel mine that has been reclaimed by Pierce County for future public exploration and recreationopportunities. Currently, the beachis impaired by debris andremnant structures fromgravel mining operations andloss of riparian vegetation.The County will be removingmuch of the remnant debrisand restoring public accessto the North Beach. Future plans for the beach includereplacement of the oldcreosote North Dock witha smaller, concrete dock with a pedestrian overpassover the railroad. SPSSEGis working with the Countyon restoration options toimprove the beach andriparian habitats. Theinformation collected by theGig Harbor High School studentswill be used to inform restorationdesign and monitor changes tothe beach over time as restorationefforts move forward.On June 21
st
, SPSSEG hosted348 people at Titlow Park for alow tide beach walk. The eventwas a collaborative effort betweenPeople For Puget Sound,Metro Parks Tacoma/Tacoma Nature Center,Citizens for a HealthyBay, Tahoma Audubon,Harbor Wild Watch,and Green TacomaPartnership. Participantsexplored the beach duringthe negative 3-foot tideand discovered manykinds of marine life fromAnemones to
 Zosteramarina
(eelgrass). Theyalso learned about theimportance of Titlow beach and the adjacentestuarine lagoon for amyriad of invertebrate, wildlifeand
sh, including our favorite
sh- salmon! Beach-goers were askedto sign a pledge to tread lightly onthe beach and to respect the manymarine animals and their homes onTitlow Beach. Volunteer naturalistsroamed the beach, engaging thecrowd with marine critters anddiscussing restoration plans for the beach and lagoon.These events are part of anoutreach program employing partnerships with local highschools, park districts, conservationgroups and shoreline communitiesto recruit and train volunteersto recognize and inspect criticalsalmon habitats and learn toinventory key nearshore plantand invertebrate communities.Information collected is beingused directly for design of salmonhabitat restoration projects andstrives to foster stewardshipamongst shoreline communities for conservation of critical shorelinehabitats.

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