The Duwamish Floating Wetlands project is being led by the University of Washington Green Futures Research and Design Lab (GFL). For our 2020 field season, our team welcomes Community Scientists to join research observations and assist in data collection from June 2020 – August 2020. 

This summer, the Duwamish Floating Wetlands project team will be monitoring floating wetland structures, known as Biobarges, located at two sites along the Duwamish River. These sites are within Industrial Seattle city limits (Georgetown/South Park) and the City of Tukwila. We need your help on the project! While monitoring takes place on and off the river, we need your help collecting data on and off shore. Please take note of the photos above about the field work conditions, the Biobarge is the bottom middle. All Biobarges are accessible by dock / ramp access. Opportunities to participate on the project may include: 

 Fieldwork

      • Conduct observations of salmonid fish behavior including their utilization, avoidance and interaction with the Biobarges 
      • Learn about local wetland plant species within the Biobarges, observe their periodic plant life cycles, and understand how these are influenced by variations in season, climate and habitat factors
      • Assist with water quality sampling 
      • Assess the abundance of key insect/zooplankton/amphipod species in the Duwamish River; food for juvenile salmon
      • Observations of environmental conditions and movement happening along the Duwamish River. A sample of ‘naturalist notes’ we take include…
        • weather, tidal system, water clarity, resident and migratory birds and/or wildlife in the area, stormwater runoff, pollution, Biobarge structure stability…and more! 

From Home 

      • Evaluate underwater footage taken by GoPros of freshwater activity from fish and other species within the river 
      • Remote learning and events – webinars, panel discussions, social media  

COVID-19 Notice: 

The GFL makes community health a priority. Our team is utilizing best practices for COVID-19 based on the University of Washington, State of Washington, and CDC protocols. These are actively being revised as updates become available across all levels. We appreciate your patience during this time – we know you’re excited to get out on the river! When our fieldwork begins we will be adhering to strict health monitoring, social distancing and hygiene and cleansing protocols to keep all Community Scientists healthy and safe. While we are hopeful we will be returning to field work in June, this may be subject to change as regulations are updated.

If you are interested in being a Community Scientist either for field or remote work, please fill out the application below. If you have concerns or special accommodations please indicate that in your application. We look forward to hearing from you and/or meeting you in the near future digitally!

Duwamish Floating Wetlands Community Scientist Application

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