City studies Murden Cove Watershed

The city of Bainbridge Island is hopping on board a bandwagon of local organizations to study the Murden Cove Watershed, and help it thrive.

"Given the challenges facing the Murden Cove Watershed, it was clear that improving water quality conditions would require a comprehensive multi-agency and community investment,” said Cami Apfelbeck, city water oesources specialist and project manager

The goal of the study is to identify the watershed's sources of nutrients and bacteria. The information can be used to help educate the local community, and provide assistance when attempting to reduce nutrient and bacteria in the watershed.

Bainbridge Island's role will be to provide training and oversight to the project in addition to organizing the effort across the multiple partners that will include data compilation, analysis and sharing. It will ultimately produce a report on the project and assess its effectiveness.

Murden Cove is widely known as an island asset for public access. The creek and cove serve as a habitat for wildlife and sea life, however, recent trends with low oxygen levels, warm temperatures, increasing algae blooms and elevated levels of bacteria and nutrients have posed threats to local wildlife.

Islanders are invited to the projects kickoff event from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Grange Hall at 10340 Madison Avenue.

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