Ski Level to Sea Level: Understanding environmental issues in our watersheds

Politics and Public Participation in the Nisqually Watershed

Sept 13-15, 2013

This course will focus on the establishment of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the effects of dams and agricultural practices on the Nisqually River salmon habitat.

Tentative Itinerary:

Friday 13 meet in Trimble Hall 

  • 5 p.m. Course introduction- ‘River and Tides’ video
  • 6-7 p.m. Helen Engle presentation
  • 7-7:30 p.m. Professor Sherman presents course topics

Saturday 14

  • 7:30 a.m. depart campus
  • Cross-Base highway
  • Paradise
  • 2 p.m. Alder Dam from top
  • This portion of the day is still being determined. 
    • Option A: Eatonville town center rain gardens and low impact development and Ohop Creek restoration walk
    • Option B: River Float with Chinook Expeditions (would entail 6 hours out on the river)

Sunday 15

  • 8 a.m. depart campus
  • 9-9:30 a.m. Ranger Welcome- Michael Schramm
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. break
  • 9:45-11 a.m. Don Perry, Outreach and Ed coordinator for Nis. Tribe, and Georgiana Kautz, Resource Manager. 
  • 351 view topographic map
  • Noon - 2 p.m. walk refuge

Final Class Meeting- Thursday, September 26 from 5-6 p.m.  Registered students will submit papers and debrief.  Community members are welcome to join us. 

Nov. 2- Elwha Film screening on campus (details to follow)

 

Laws and Land Use Designations in the Puyallup Watershed

September 27-29, 2013

This course will focus on forest practices, urban and suburban growth management and estuary restoration in an urban and industrialized setting.

Tentative Itinerary:

Friday 27 in Trimble Hall

  • 5 p.m. meet at van
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Jeffrey Thomas, Puyallup Tribe, Tacoma's streams tour
  • 6:30-8 p.m. Professor Sherman presents course topics

Saturday 28

  • 7:30 am. depart campus (1hr 15 min travel time)
  • 9 a.m. Doug McClelland, from DNR, talk on Hancock pull-off
  • Sunrise walk
  • Greenwater logjam on forest road 74- salmon spawning
  • Mud Mountain Dam- water rights
  • Sky Island Drive in Bonney Lake (tentative depending on time)

Sunday 29

  • 9:15 a.m. meet
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. arrive at CHB
  • 9:45-11 a.m. CHB boat ride: Tarin Todd and Marv Coleman, Dept of Ecology
  • 11 a.m.-Noon Leslie Ann – Watershed perspective
  • Noon-12:30 p.m. lunch at Foss Seaport
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jordan Rash, Forterra (pending-- his schedule)

Final Class Meeting- Thursday, October 10 from 5-6 p.m.  Registered students will submit papers and debrief.  Community members are welcome to join us.

November 2 Elwha Film screening on campus (details to follow)

 

Please contact Katharine Appleyard: 253 879 3716 or kappleyard@pugetsound.edu