Understanding current habitat conditions is an important step in the restoration process. Habitat assessments focus on determining physical conditions of a focus area to establish what the current conditions are. For stream systems this includes channel shape and size, presence and size of gravel and other substrate, presence of pools and riffles, amount and size of woody material, water temperature and flow, vegetation communities, invertebrate communities, and fish and wildlife communities. All of these and other factors help to determine the condition of the site and helps to determine what restoration options there are. See what Sound Salmon Solutions and our partners are doing to assess salmon habitat conditions in the Stillaguamish, Snohomish, and Island County watersheds, and learn what you can do to help.