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  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

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    Connor Upchurch 11/05/2020 7:09 PM
    I live in the Chico Creek watershed in central Kitsap, which empties to Dyes Inlet (Puget Sound). Chico is across the road from me, approximately 150 yards away, though a seasonal stream passes closer to my home on the opposite side. This seasonal stream is a tributary to Chico, with the confluence a quarter mile East of my property. Runoff can contribute sediment and fecal coliform, as well as roadway pollutants like copper and oil to these salmon-bearing streams. Runoff can also raise stream temperatures to unlivable conditions for fish and other stream critters (benthic invertebrates). 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

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    Connor Upchurch 11/05/2020 6:42 PM
    Surface and ground water from precipitation. Kitsap County, I believe, is only 1 of 3 in WA state that receives no contribution of freshwater from mountain snowpack. Wells supply most municipalities and residences; however, Bremerton is uniquely supplied by a majority of surface water from the Union River reservoir. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

    Connor Upchurch's avatar
    Connor Upchurch 11/05/2020 6:15 PM
    (Quantity) Groundwater is in demand. Because Kitsap County relies on rainfall only for aquifer recharge and stream flows (no snowpack), conservation of freshwater is critical. This is not only for human use; summer stream flow  during our region's dry months is sustained by groundwater seep/percolation. Without sustained flows, salmon cannot survive their freshwater journeys. 
    (Quality) Additionally, pollution is of great concern in our freshwater bodies, and consequently, the surrounding estuarine environments and nearshore habitats (i.e. shellfish grounds). 

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    Connor Upchurch 11/05/2020 6:06 PM
    The challenge doesn't end because the points do; keep on fighting the good fight. 

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    Becci Larreau 11/05/2020 4:32 PM
    watching "A Plastic Ocean". It's a bit depressing, but felt it apropos on this last day of the challenge.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

    Richard Fors's avatar
    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:28 AM
    rain is the main source. We don't have snowpack and all the water is from precipitaiton. We need to keep it from running off.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Start or Tend a Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

    Richard Fors's avatar
    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:24 AM
    OSO 

    I saw how forestry decisions added to a bad situation and that people died because of preventble ground slip. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? Do you think this might enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

    Richard Fors's avatar
    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:21 AM
    If you know your farmer, you know what they put on there fields. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Richard Fors's avatar
    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:19 AM
    HE washing machine uses less water to do laundry
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Richard Fors's avatar
    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:18 AM
    rain barrels and runoff capture/processing