Marine Water photo

Marine Water Quality Monitoring


Estuaries like the Puget Sound have naturally large differences in water quality. We monitor marine water in Puget Sound, Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay using seaplanes, ferries, and moored instruments.

Our Products at a Glance: (navigate, stop and click slide show )

 

Marine Conditions at a Glance:

Water Surface image here

Conditions at the Water Surface for the Last Month:

Update 5/2/16

Jellyfish are already occurring in high numbers in southern inlets. The spring phytoplankton bloom is in full swing creating abundant organic material that is washing onto beaches. (Read more)

 
Water Surface image here

Conditions in the Water Column for the Last Month:

Update 5/2/16

Temperatures are still high in Puget Sound. Record warm water from last year persists in Hood Canal as of March. (Read more)

 
Tidal Effects image here

Water Masses for the Last Month at Selected Locations:

Update 5/2/16

Temperatures are still high in Puget Sound. Record warm water from last year persists in Hood Canal as of March. (Read more)

 
Weather image here

Natural Influences for the Last Month:

Update 5/2/16

Air temperatures and sunlight are above normal. Precipitation is low, but snowmelt-fed rivers are running very high. (Read more)

 


Eyes Over Puget Sound

Ferry-Based Monitoring

Marine Flight Program

Algae Blooms

Nutrient and Oxygen Trends