Water Supply and Sustainable Resource Management in Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks

Water Supply and Sustainable Resource Management in Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks

Washington’s National Park Fund is raising funds this year to support four critical projects in Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks that focus on efforts to learn about water supply and resources vulnerabilities in our parks, and to inform management decisions to maintain sustainable water practices, both for the flora and fauna within the park boundaries, the people who rely on parks for their water supply, and for future generations of people, flora and fauna.

These projects are:

  • Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration at Mount Rainier National Park, focused on conserving native fish populations and restoring aquatic ecosystems;
  • The NPS Academy Science Intern at Mount Rainier National Park, who will research streamflow permanence and streamflow temperature to learn more about vulnerable park water resources for both humans and wildlife;
  • Investigating Microplastics, plastic particles smaller than 5mm, in Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks as their presence was discovered in water and remote alpine environments at alarming levels similar to urban stormwater runoff; and
  • The Shrinking Glacier Study at Olympic National Park, which works to understand why glacier mass is declining more rapidly throughout the Olympic Mountains compared to other ranges in the Pacific Northwest.

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