Puget Sound Stream Benthos

Kitsap County Stream Team Benthic Invertebrate Monitoring, Kitsap County

Current Status: Inactive
Program was active from 2000-2006

Kitsap County Stream Team began County wide biological monitoring using volunteers to collect samples from 15 streams, eventually growing to a peak of 26 streams in 2004. Current sampling is now being conducted by Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division (formerly SSWM) under the Watershed Health Monitoring Project.

The following web page links to graphs and maps of previous benthic sampling.

Map of Stream Sites and Watersheds - http://www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/pdf/map_watersheds.pdf

Bottom dwelling stream “bugs” or benthic macroinvertebrates are collected once a year from the same section of stream to show stream health trends and to provide baseline data for some of Kitsap County’s streams. The score of each stream sampled can be found below in four graphs by County area. Use the “Map of Stream Sites and Watersheds” for help locating a stream sample site and watershed.

North Kitsap Streams Results - http://www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/pdf/graph_north_kitsap_creeks.pdf
Dyes and Sinclair Inlet Streams Results - http://www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/pdf/graph_dyes_sinclair_creeks.pdf
East Kitsap - Central and South Streams Results - http://www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/pdf/graph_east_kitsap_creeks.pdf
Hood Canal Streams Results - http://www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/pdf/graph_hood_canal_creeks.pdf

Contact: Renee Scherdnik, (360) 337-5777, rscherdn@co.kitsap.wa.us
Kitsap County Public Works - Stormwater Division