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 2/10/16

Near-surface water on the ferry route remains cool and well mixed. Turbidity was higher in the Strait of Juan de Fuca than Puget Sound. (Read more)

 
Water Surface image here

Conditions in the Water Column for the Last Month:

Update 2/10/16

Jellyfish still aggregate in patches in finger inlets of South Sound. First signs of increasing phytoplankton in coastal bays that mix with boggy waters. Winter showers bring change! With recent precipitation, salinity is remarkably lower but temperatures are still at record-breaking highs in Puget Sound. (Read more)

 
Tidal Effects image here

Water Masses for the Last Month at Selected Locations:

Update 2/10/16

Near-surface water on the ferry route remains cool and well mixed. Turbidity was higher in the Strait of Juan de Fuca than Puget Sound. (Read more)

 
Weather image here

Natural Influences for the Last Month:

Update 2/10/16

Air temperatures were above normal for January and accompanied with strong temperature inversions and cold, sunny days. El Niņo conditions prevail. (Read more)

 


Eyes Over Puget Sound

Ferry-Based Monitoring

Marine Flight Program

Algae Blooms

Nutrient and Oxygen Trends