Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Colquitz River Restoration November 15 walk

 This is the sunset over the ocean and inner harbor on Sunday evening.  I only had my little Sony with me at the time.  The sunset was spectacular and awesome.
 A long zoom at this glob that I, at first thought was plastic.  Apparently this is caused by turbidity in the water.  More about turbidity here.
 This appears to be a natural riffle caused by a fallen tree, I think.  Riffle description: 
a. A rocky shoal or sandbar lying just below the surface of a waterway.
b. A stretch of choppy water caused by such a shoal or sandbar; a rapid.
c. A wave or ripple in such water.
This is the view looking at the top and we see the turbulence as the water falls over the log.  The riffles add oxygen to the water.  The natural vegetation falling in the water decays and feeds the smaller creatures that the fish eat.
 More of the Colquitz River from our walk on November 15, 2015, 
This measuring stake is in the river seen from the little bridge on Loenholm Road, at Wilkinson Road.  The Durrance creek flows into the Colquitz river at this point.  I am not sure who is doing this work, but they have also cleaned garbage out of the river in this area, and created some stone riffles.  The river is running quite high after the recent rains.  We did not see any fish on our walk on this day.  Last Sunday, the 22nd we went to the fish fence and listened to a lot of good information from Chris, as well as few others.  They cleaned out the fence and checked for fish.  Unfortunately, there were none to be seen.  The salmon run is very low this year.  More photos of the sunday walk to follow.

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