King County has begun its seasonal monitoring of freshwater swimming beaches to ensure they are safe for recreation.
Flooding has long been an issue along these lower six miles of the Tolt; many residences are at risk during even modest flood events. But also of concern is what is called channel migration, when the river changes course and cuts a new path, heedless, of course, of private property lines.
When Terry started, LiDAR – aerial imagery that uses laser to map river-basin topography – didn’t exist. Nor were GIS – Geographic Information Systems – or, for that matter, high-tech sonar-based river surveys in widespread use.
For a variety of organisms—including amphibians, birds, and plants—evolutionary adaptations to road effects can arise in just a few generations.
King County ecologists document species prior to river construction projects to plan for protection and relocation efforts, if necessary.
The time and energy it takes to thoroughly clean your boots and equipment on site is a small price to pay for the time, expense and heartbreak of finding and controlling a whole new site.
Washington’s invasive species reporting app just got smarter. Now anyone can use their smart phone or other device to easily report sightings of invasive plants, animals and other pesky organisms anywhere in Washington State and be sure that information will go to the right agency.