As a reminder, the Catalogue (aka SSIFWC) is about
- raising community awareness about the island’s surface freshwater diversity and importance;
- gathering data on island freshwater quantity and quality; and
- supporting the development of watershed preservation and management activities.
- creek "on/off” status
- creek flow rates
- water chemistry (Ph, temperature and conductivity)
We now have two devices, affectionately known as “Oaktons” to gather key chemistry and groundwater signature parameters seen in the island's water bodies.
Improving our understanding of the linkages between our surface and ground water is a key component of the project. If you have a stream near you, or know of significant wetlands that you can report on to us, please do let us know.
Office volunteers have been developing a dedicated SSIFWC field data collection app, and Version II is now and also a dedicated public-facing SSIFWC map (webgis) interface, which will be available in March 2019. All of the field data collected are now online and accessible “in the cloud,” and historical research on the island's freshwater is starting.
Other activities in support of recruiting volunteers and ensuring project alignment (and no overlaps) include: various local/club news articles as well as outreach and presentations to relevant on-island organizations and to on- & off-island agencies and NGOs.
To date, the SSIFWC project is still in Year-I startup and is very much in a “science focussed” — “the Microscope” — data collection mode. The target: to help address the island’s freshwater resource uncertainties. To stay in touch with what we are doing, and some of our field and science findings, have a look at our SSIFWC Watersheds Group Facebook Group page.
In the medium term, the intent of the project is to go “beyond science” and to draw in a broader spectrum of the community, in support of watershed stewardship community development. This “Watersheds Community Atlas” “the Mandolin” aspect of the SSIFWC project is just being developed. Elements will include: “sharing watershed knowledge mapping workshops," interviews, and archive research.
To gain an impression of what a "Microscope and the Mandolin” SSIFWC project Watersheds Community Atlas deliverable might look like, please have a look at the “Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas," a millennium project completed in 2015.
The map below shows areas for which we currently have “science” data. This map is an extract from our basic online project map.
The online map is updated weekly with data collected by the volunteers and has been further developed to allow data display over time (going live shortly). As our volunteer base grows, we will be also be able to take measurements of water quality to establish water quality baselines at selected locations.
We need volunteers in both “field” and “office” roles to enable us to gather more data and in more watersheds. Additional volunteers will also provide greater continuity in collecting data over the short and long term and will help to grow the database more rapidly. Volunteers with IT, GIS, and historical research skills will allow us to make our SSIFWC project more complete and accessible.
Please help spread the word, we need you! To volunteer or for more information contact John at JAMSSIWater[at]gmail[dot]com