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Studies and Monitoring

  • Puget Sound Water Quality Activities - including toxic chemical assessments, dissolved oxygen studies & models, coordinated monitoring and more.
  • Marine Sediment Monitoring - As part of the Puget Sound Assessment and Monitoring Program (PSAMP), Ecology’s Marine Sediment Monitoring Team conducts annual monitoring of Puget Sound sediments.
  • Marine Water Quality Monitoring - Estuaries like the Puget Sound have naturally large differences in water quality. Ecology monitors marine water in Puget Sound, Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay using seaplanes, ferries and moored instruments.
  • Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication and Health (BEACH) Program - A partnership between the Departments of Ecology and Health, to protect beach goers by monitoring our beaches for fecal bacteria, notifying the public when the results are high, and educating people about what they can do to avoid getting sick from playing in saltwater.

Related Areas

  • Synthesis of Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen - EPA and Ecology compiled all available information related to human impacts on dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal, including the work of the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, and Mason County. .
  • Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Indicators (EPA) - A 2006 comprehensive report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) evaluating the following indicators: Population Health; Urbanization and Forest Change; Solid Waste and Recycling; River, Stream and Lake Quality; Shellfish; Air Quality; Marine Species at Risk; Toxics in Harbor Seals and Marine Water Quality.

Related Links

  • Science and the Puget Sound Partnership - Integrating scientific information into the decision-making process is of the utmost importance to the Puget Sound Partnership. Monitoring and research are vital to understanding the status of Puget Sound's health.
  • Climate change - Washington State is addressing climate change because its impacts go far beyond a change in the weather. Climate shapes everything — ecosystems, crops, water, economy, lifestyles, health — so even small changes can have big impacts.