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Environmental Monitoring Data

The table below lists Washington State environmental data by environmental setting. It shows whether the data are in EIM,* includes links to supplemental information, and also indicates whether environmental monitoring data and toxics data are accessible through the web page.

*EIM - The Environmental Information Management System is the Department of Ecology's main database for environmental monitoring data. EIM contains records on physical, chemical, and biological analyses and measurements. Supplementary information about the data (metadata) is also stored, including information about environmental studies, monitoring locations, and data quality. (Also see MyEIM, an advanced toolset for searching and analyzing data and EIM Help.)

HOW TO VIDEOS

Watch instructional videos that show how to set up an EIM account and submit data to the system.

DATA SOURCES Key:
click to go to EIM database = EIM, Environmental Information Management System

Click to see EIM Search Help = clickable for EIM database search tips

includes environmental data = includes environmental data
Topic Database link and data description

Air

Air quality Real-time air monitoring data (WAQA map), including particulate matter, carbon monoxide and ozone.
includes environmental data
(More about air quality monitoring)

Marine

Water quality Marine Waters monitoring data, Includes monthly long-term data collected from a seaplane, continuous data from moorings in Puget Sound and Willapa Bay, and data from in-depth studies such as the South Puget Sound Dissolved Oxygen study. Links to supporting information and documentation.
includes environmental data
Sediment quality click to go to EIM database EIM includes data on marine sediment quality from many studies and programs including the PSAMP Program below.
includes environmental data
Click to see EIM Search Help
Puget Sound sediment monitoring data includes data collected annually for the Puget Sound Assessment and Monitoring Program (PSAMP) Program and Ecology’s Urban Waters Initiative sediment monitoring program. Links to supporting documentation and reports.
includes environmental data
Beach water quality click to go to EIM database EIM includes data on marine beach water quality; more detail in BEACH program link below.
includes environmental data
Click to see EIM Search Help
BEACH data, includes ecoli, entero and fecal bacteria.
(More about the BEACH program)
includes environmental data

Rivers, Streams, Lakes and Reservoirs

Water quality click to go to EIM database EIM includes river and stream water quality data from many studies and long-term monitoring programs, including the ambient monitoring program below.
includes environmental data
Click to see EIM Search Help
River and stream ambient monitoring data, monthly long-term sampling and continuous temperature at selected sites; includes various conventional parameters and metals; water quality index scores; results not meeting water quality standards; links to supporting documentation and reports.
includes environmental data
(More about river and stream monitoring)
Lake water quality historical data, including links to supporting documentation and reports.
includes environmental data
Streamflow Statewide streamflow data includes streamflow, water height and temperature.
includes environmental data
Water resources Washington Water Supply Information - links to real-time data, maps and reports
Stream biological monitoring click to go to EIM database EIM contains river and stream biological monitoring data, including the ambient programs below.
includes environmental data
Click to see EIM Search Help
Macroinvertebrate community data, describes Ecology's programs for collecting river and stream biological data.
Fish habitat Watershed Health and Salmon Recovery (Monitoring status and trends) - database in development (05/09)
Freshwater algae Toxic Algae Database, including toxin name, concentration and location. Links to supporting information.
(More about aquatic plants and algae)
Aquatic plants Aquatic plants survey data including links to supporting documentation and reports.
includes environmental data
(More about aquatic plant monitoring)
Freshwater sediments click to go to EIM database EIM includes data on freshwater sediments from many studies.
includes environmental data
Click to see EIM Search Help
Watersheds Intensively Monitored Watersheds, describes the data collection program for a salmon recovery evaluation report (2007).
Water temperature Water temperature assessment, including links to supporting documentation and reports.

Subsurface

Groundwater click to go to EIM database EIM Groundwater Data Center includes groundwater data from many studies, including the groundwater assessments described below.
Groundwater assessment, current and historical site studies, includes links to supporting documentation and reports.
(More about groundwater quality)
Hanford Ground water modeling and assessment, including information about contaminants and remediation.
includes environmental data
Well logs Well Reports describe the location, ownership, construction details and lithology of completed wells. Includes text and map-based search tools to locate wells that have been reported.
includes environmental data
Soils (More about cleanup site soil studies)
click to go to EIM database EIM includes soil data from many studies.
includes environmental data
Click to see EIM Search Help

Shorelines

  (Under development)