Event Title

Understanding long-term water quality trends in a developing watershed

Presentation Abstract

The Bear Creek watershed was first settled by white pioneers in the late 19th century, following millennia of Native American settlement.The watershed was logged, homesteaded, farmed, and grazed through the early half of the 20th century. King County began monitoring water quality data in Bear Creek in the late 1970s and much of the development of the watershed occurred from the 1970s to late 1980s. Today, Bear Creek suffers from elevated temperatures, depressed dissolved oxygen, bacteria levels exceeding state standards, and a flashy hydrologic regime. This presentation will summarize the long-term trends in water quality in Bear Creek and will hypothesize the underlying drivers of the observed trends.

Session Title

Posters: Monitoring: Species & Habitats

Conference Track

SSE18: Posters

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE18-90

Start Date

5-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

5-4-2018 1:30 PM

Type of Presentation

Poster

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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Understanding long-term water quality trends in a developing watershed

The Bear Creek watershed was first settled by white pioneers in the late 19th century, following millennia of Native American settlement.The watershed was logged, homesteaded, farmed, and grazed through the early half of the 20th century. King County began monitoring water quality data in Bear Creek in the late 1970s and much of the development of the watershed occurred from the 1970s to late 1980s. Today, Bear Creek suffers from elevated temperatures, depressed dissolved oxygen, bacteria levels exceeding state standards, and a flashy hydrologic regime. This presentation will summarize the long-term trends in water quality in Bear Creek and will hypothesize the underlying drivers of the observed trends.