Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) is set apart, among other purposes, for
estuarine research and monitoring. The aim of Padilla Bay research
and monitoring is to promote, conduct and coordinate various
research studies and monitoring throughout the bay. The information
and knowledge gained from these studies is used to aid conservation
and management of the nation’s estuaries, with a particular focus on
greater Puget Sound and other estuaries in the Pacific Northwest.
Research and monitoring projects are carried out in Padilla Bay
and its watershed by reserve staff, students from various
universities and scientists. These scientists working in Padilla Bay
have come from many different organizations including: universities,
research institutions, and federal, tribal, state and local
government agencies. Research projects cover a wide variety of
topics in estuarine science, but because of the extensive eelgrass
meadows in Padilla Bay, many projects have focused directly or
indirectly on some aspect of the eelgrass ecosystem.
Padilla Bay NERR is able to provide various forms of support to
research projects. Support may be in the form of direct
or fellowships. On site support facilities include a new field
laboratory with available space for visiting scientists and
students, a new bunkhouse providing on site overnight
accommodations, day use facilities, field and GPS instruments and a
research library with many Padilla Bay and north Puget Sound reports
including Padilla Bay
reports and reprints. In addition, Padilla Bay NERR is able to
provide limited boat support for access to sample sites in the bay.
Monitoring in Padilla Bay includes collecting data of basic
physical water quality parameters, nutrient and chlorophyll
concentrations, and weather as part of the National Estuarine
Research Reserve System
System-wide Monitoring Program.
Research Video "Let's collect water quality samples with scientists from Padilla Bay Reserve" (YouTube)