Streams & Shorelines - Schneider Creek
|Watershed Area||680 Acres |
(100% within City Limits)
|Forest Area||128 Acres (19%)|
|Urban Area*||241 Acres (35.4%)|
|Stream Miles||1.3 miles|
|Water Quality||Fish: Poor Condition |
Swimming: Moderate Risk
|*Urban Area is Impervious Surface Area|
Aquatic Life:Coho salmon, steelhead, and sea-run cutthroat historically used this stream, however local residents have not seen these large fish in recent years. Resident cutthroat trout and sculpin are still found in the lower reaches of the stream.
Unique Natural Features:Schneider Creek endears itself to almost everyone who experiences its grace and seclusion. Located entirely on private property in a deep ravine on Olympia's west side, the stream is unknown to most of us. Given its history, the ability of the creek to maintain its appeal and semblance of natural conditions is a reassuring surprise, as are its beautifully treed stream banks, year-round groundwater springs, and intricate stream traits. Decatur Woods Park in southeast Olympia is where the headwaters of Schneider Creek watershed begins.
Schneider Creek is a heavily urbanized area and is now characterized by high stormwater flows in the winter and considerable stream erosion. A specially designed stormwater treatment facility was constructed where the stream surfaces at Giles Street. The facility removes much of the sediment and pollutants during small storms, but the size of the facility limits the treatment at high flows. Property owners and west side residents actively pursue improvements in stream water quality and habitat. Clean-ups and tree planting are underway. The City is working to replace the culvert pipe at the stream mouth to improve access for returning salmon in 2007. The City will conduct fish monitoring to document changes in fish use and will compae numbers before and after the project is complete.