Students Saving Salmon president gets award

Apr 11, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, left, checks the water quality in Willow Creek in this picture from July 2017. With her is Ava Wilson.

Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School and president of the Students Saving Salmon club, will receive a Youth Conservation Leader Award from the Snohomish Conservation District.

The ceremony is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

She has led the club this year in various activities, including stream monitoring, salmon surveys, habitat restoration and assisting with coho salmon rearing at the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery. She has been one of the Stream Team leaders in the citizen science water quality-monitoring project since its inception in 2015.

She is the most knowledgeable student on field data techniques and has trained many of the new students that have joined the project.

“We are all very proud of Emily in winning this well-deserved award,” said Joe Scordino, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries biologist who provides invaluable input and helped design the monitoring program.

Emily’s award is in the youth category of Conservation Leaders of the Year.

In spite of heavy workloads as a full-time International Baccalaureate student, Emily has been in the field every month regardless of weather, ensuring high-quality data was collected and entered into a community database.

Emily’s dedication to conservation has included hands- on work, releasing over 800 juvenile coho salmon into upper stream areas and habitat restoration in Shell Creek, where students planted 400 native plants along the creek to enhance the habitat for salmon.




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