Understanding Water Flow and Watersheds – Camano
February 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Guide: Gwendolyn Hannam
Gwendolyn Hannam holds two Masters degrees, one in plant taxonomy and biodiversity and another in oceanography. She has extensive practical knowledge about habitat restoration and adaptive management and has worked at all levels of government, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Whidbey Island Conservation District. Currently, she is the principal scientist at a private consulting firm.
With more than 15 years of experience in integrated watershed conservation and restoration, she is well-versed in the connection between forests, water, and people and how human activities can help or hinder the functioning of these ecosystems.
Gwendolyn is an avid naturalist and enjoys botanizing, hiking and backpacking, sea and whitewater kayaking, and open-water swimming. When she isn’t outside, she indulges in cooking, reading, and spending time with her family, dog, and two cats.
The Field Trip (only for Sound Waters University registrants, requires event + field trip ticket):
Do you know how the water flows? In the Pacific Northwest, all water flows through pervious surfaces, to groundwater, in aquifers, and ultimately to the Salish Sea by way of watersheds, also known as natural drainage basins. In fact, the only boundaries to water are elevation gains & impervious surfaces. It is here that we usually find dissonance between neighbors, be that human neighbor, or local plants & wildlife. This is because water is a resource that humans, plants, & animals need. Finding a balance between human growth, development, and the rest of the ecosystem can be challenging, particularly in a changing climate. Watersheds provide a comprehensive framework for land use planning.
Walk and talk with a Watershed Planner and learn how you can make a difference.
Focusing along the Iverson Preserve Trail on Camano Island, we will see how our choices with water upland in the big trees, impact our lives in the Salish Sea, and what we might be able to do about it.