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Office Closed on Fridays through May 2022

Our office will be closed on Fridays in May as we get ready to move our office location in June 2022. Email us (wsu.whatcom@wsu.edu) or leave us a message on our voicemail (360-778-5806) so we can return your inquiry, as soon as possible. Thank you! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note: As the “Move Day” gets closer, we may need to close additional days.

Water and Aquatic Life

The Big Picture

In the Northwest we have an abundance of beautiful streams and rivers. They are inspiring to look at, relaxing to fish in, and fun to explore. They can be used for agriculture, recreation, and learning. Healthy natural streams can be home to many types of fish as well as salamanders, crayfish, beavers and many interesting insects.

When streams in cities or rural areas are not cared for, polluted or developed, we lose many valuable natural resources. Fewer kinds of fish and wildlife can live in degraded water, and too much contact with polluted water can make living things sick. Even the insects are affected! In fact, biologists can look at the aquatic insects that live in streams and uncover clues about the health of the stream for other kinds of life. Why? Because water bugs are a part of an aquatic food web.

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Water Bugs

EXPLORER Skill Level: One
ENGAGER Skill Level: Two
CITIZEN-SCIENTIST Skill Level: Three

 

Floods

EXPLORER Skill Level: One
ENGAGER Skill Level: Two
CITIZEN-SCIENTIST Skill Level: Three

 

Gutter Guardians

EXPLORER Skill Level: One
ENGAGER Skill Level: Two
CITIZEN-SCIENTIST Skill Level: Three