The Quilcene-Snow Watershed is situated in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains in northwest Washington. This watershed includes the Big Quilcene and Little Quilcene rivers and Snow Creek, which originate in the Olympic Mountains, and various smaller creeks on the Quimper and Toandos peninsulas and in the Chimacum Valley area.
Annual precipitation ranges from 15 to 30 inches per year. Most of this precipitation arrives during the winter months when water demands are the lowest, and only a fraction becomes available for human and economic uses. Little of the Quilcene-Snow watershed benefits from snow pack so during the summer when there is little rain naturally, low stream flows are dependent on groundwater inflow. This means that groundwater and surface water are least available when water demands are the highest.
The WRIA 17 Quilcene-Snow Watershed Water Availability Story Map Journal incorporates Ecology's traditional WRIA 17 Quilcene-Snow Watershed Water Availability Focus Sheet with numerous watershed specific data sets to create an interactive and simple-to-use web application. After the introductory slide, each journal entry uses a separate Esri and ArcGIS Online web map to present data.
Data sets used to create this Story Map Journal include:
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