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Water Quality Monitoring at Little McAllister Creek. Meadows Elementary March 21, 2013. 13. Monitoring Site Summary. Located off Mallard Drive SE, near Meadows Elementary, on land co-managed by Thurston County and Alpine Meadows Homeowners association.

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Water quality monitoring at little mcallister creek

Water Quality Monitoring at Little McAllister Creek

Meadows Elementary

March 21, 2013

13


Monitoring site summary
Monitoring Site Summary

  • Located off Mallard Drive SE, near Meadows Elementary, on land co-managed by Thurston County and Alpine Meadows Homeowners association.

  • The headwaters (source) of the Little McAllister Creek is McAllister Springs Lake.

  • The mouth of Little McAllister Creek is located near Old Pacific Hwy and Reservation Rd. where it joins the main stem of McAllister Creek.


Monitoring site description
Monitoring Site Description

  • The place we go to monitor Little McAllister Creek is in our school neighborhood, in the Alpine Meadows sub-division. We can walk there, but we have to get someone to unlock the gate for us. On our walk, we pass many houses, yards, a small playground, some green open space, and several stormwater retention ponds.


Brief watershed overview
Brief watershed Overview

  • Important features of the watershed include:

  • Forests of cedar, fir, alder and maple trees;

  • Habitats for insects, animals, fish, birds and humans;

  • Current issues in the watershed include:

  • dog waste, fertilizer, cans and bottles, soap from car washing and oil leaks from cars.

  • Some areas prone to flooding

  • Failing septic systems



Data interpretation
Data Interpretation

We think dog waste may be causing a higher level of nitrates. Fertilizer from lawns might be another cause.

Our ideas to improve water quality at our site include:

Encourage pet owners to pick up after their dogs, keep dogs from running loose, and walk dogs on a leash

Encourage people to use less fertilizer, or practice organic methods of gardening.


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