Last week the results of a scientific survey of adult salmon in the Miller and Walker Creeks were presented to the public by Dennis Clark at the Burien City Hall.
The data represents the outcome of an effort dubbed “CSI: Highline” that was conducted by teams of volunteers during the last three months of 2010.
This project sought to count adult Coho and Chum Salmon in the Miller and Walker Creeks, identify whether or not salmon were spawning before they died, and to raise awareness of the stream habitats in the Highline community.
The study was conducted from October 8 through December 23, 2010. During the study period, teams of volunteers walked the creeks daily to gather data. This included noting details about water flow and quality and conducting necropsies on salmon carcasses when discovered.
Dennis Clark, Basin Steward for the Miller and Walker Creeks, reviewed the history and results of the “CSI: Highline” investigation in a comprehensive presentation. This year’s data will provide a baseline as the efforts to scientifically document salmon in our local streams continues this year and beyond.
Along with seeing the results of their hard work, as part of the “CSI: Highline” finale volunteers in attendance received recognition from Burien Mayor Joan McGilton and Normandy Park Mayor Pro Tem Clarke Brant.
For full details on the results of last year’s salmon monitor program and details on how you can get involved with this year’s survey, visit the official website or contact Dennis Clark at 206-296-1909.