Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project


Background:

This project, funded by an EPA grant, is a collaborative effort between Ecology, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Puget Sound Partnership. The goal of the project is to create a relatively complete watershed characterization for all of Puget Sound. This is important because it can provide scientific information about which landscape areas and processes are the most important to protect and restore.

The results can be used by local planners and decision-makers to inform land use planning and policy decisions while helping minimize negative environmental impacts from land use changes. Completing this work is a key near-term action in the Puget Sound Action Agenda.

All results and documentation are available below.

Links:

For more information on this project check out our web page with interactive maps of all the current assessment results:

    https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/wc/landingpage.html

For a brief overview, see:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/puget_sound/characterization/index.html

Documents:

The document files are all available from the table below:

To view the Table of Contents of each document, click on the name in the first column ‘View Document Outline’ in the table below. This will give you a preview of what is included in the document. To actually download a document, click on the filename in the column ‘Download Document.’

 

Documents For Water Flow & Water Quality Assessments
View Document Outline Originator Format Download Document Published Date File Size (mb)
Volume 1 - Table of Contents Ecology PDF Volume 1 - Update - Water Resource Assessments 2015 March
(#11-06-016)
4.54
  Ecology PDF Appendix A - Regional Planning 2012 April 0.4
Appendix B – Table of Contents Ecology PDF Appendix B - Water Process 2015 March 2.3
Appendix C – Table of Contents Ecology PDF Appendix C - Water Quality 2012 August 2.0
Appendix D – Table of Contents Ecology PDF Appendix D – Geospatial Methods 2016 October 10.0
  Ecology PDF Volume 1 - Update with Appendices 2016 October 19
  Ecology
WDFW
Commerce
PDF Volume 3 - User's Guide for the Puget Sound Watershed Characterization 2013 June
#13-06-008)
 
Documents For Habitat Assessments
View Document Outline Originator Format Download Document Published Date File Size (mb)
Volume 2 - Table of Contents WDFW PDF Volume 2 - Habitat Assessments Final Dec. 2013 2013 December 11.8
Example of Multi-Scale Assessment for Water Flow
WRIA 7 – Table of Contents Ecology PDF Watershed Characterization for WRIA 7 –  Assessment and Recommendations for Protection of Water Flow Processes 2015 March 27

Please note the file size before downloading.


Data and Maps:

For the Water Assessments (Water Flow and Water Quality), each zip file contains all the GIS results data for the geographic extent of that analysis. This includes a separate analysis for each of the nineteen WRIAs of Puget Sound, as well as one sound-wide analysis which compares all areas within the basin to each other. The data is in a geodatabase (GDB) format, and includes the final result layers, as well as the intermediate analysis layers. There is a README file within each zip file that explains in more detail what information is included and how to view the results. You can view these data in ArcView.

Please reference the version history table for descriptions of changes in model runs and the most current version posted.

If you do not have access to ArcView, the maps of the analysis results can be viewed by downloading the PDF files.

For the Habitat Assessments, the Terrestrial/Freshwater results are combined into one zip file and the Marine results are in a separate one. The data include the sound-wide grids, as well as the summaries by the same analysis units used in the water flow assessments.

 

Water Assessment Results
Geographic Area Geodata
(gdb.zip)
Publish Date File Size (mb) Water Flow
Maps (PDF)
File Size (mb) Publish Date Water Quality
Maps (PDF)
File Size (mb) Publish Date
Click to View Content List                
Puget Sound PS_WFWQ April 2016 780 PS_WF_Maps 220 April 2016 PS_WQ_Maps 40 April 2016
WRIA 1 WRIA1_WFWQ April 2016 122 WRIA1_WF_Maps 70 April 2016 WRIA1_WQ_Maps 13 April 2016
WRIA 2 WRIA2_WFWQ April 2016 76 WRIA2_WF_Maps 30 April 2016 WRIA2_WQ_Maps 6 April 2016
WRIA 3_4 WRIA3_4_WFWQ April 2016 131 WRIA3_4_WF_Maps 94 April 2016 WRIA3_4_WQ_Maps 18 April 2016
WRIA 5 WRIA5_WFWQ April 2016 83 WRIA5_WF_Maps 38 April 2016 WRIA5_WQ_Maps 8 April 2016
WRIA 6 WRIA6_WFWQ April 2016 79 WRIA6_WF_Maps 32 April 2016 WRIA6_WQ_Maps 7 April 2016
WRIA 7 WRIA7_WFWQ April 2016 140 WRIA7_WF_Maps 97 April 2016 WRIA7_WQ_Maps 16 April 2016
WRIA 8 WRIA8_WFWQ April 2016 118 WRIA8_WF_Maps 77 April 2016 WRIA8_WQ_Maps 13 April 2016
WRIA 9 WRIA9_WFWQ April 2016 96 WRIA9_WF_Maps 55 April 2016 WRIA9_WQ_Maps 9 April 2016
WRIA 10 WRIA10_WFWQ April 2016 103 WRIA10_WF_Maps 49 April 2016 WRIA10_WQ_Maps 9 April 2016
WRIA 11 WRIA11_WFWQ April 2016 189 WRIA11_WF_Maps 45 April 2016 WRIA11_WQ_Maps 8 April 2016
WRIA 12 WRIA12_WFWQ April 2016 74 WRIA12_WF_Maps 34 April 2016 WRIA12_WQ_Maps 7 April 2016
WRIA 13 WRIA13_WFWQ April 2016 83 WRIA13_WF_Maps 39 April 2016 WRIA13_WQ_Maps 7 April 2016
WRIA 14 WRIA14_WFWQ April 2016 79 WRIA14_WF_Maps 31 April 2016 WRIA14_WQ_Maps 6 April 2016
WRIA 15 WRIA15_WFWQ April 2016 111 WRIA15_WF_Maps 68 April 2016 WRIA15_WQ_Maps 13 April 2016
WRIA 16 WRIA16_WFWQ April 2016 68 WRIA16_WF_Maps 31 April 2016 WRIA16_WQ_Maps 5 April 2016
WRIA 17 WRIA17_WFWQ April 2016 75 WRIA17_WF_Maps 27 April 2016 WRIA17_WQ_Maps 6 April 2016
WRIA 18 WRIA18_WFWQ April 2016 73 WRIA18_WF_Maps 25 April 2016 WRIA18_WQ_Maps 13 April 2016
WRIA 19 WRIA19_WFWQ April 2016 67 WRIA19_WF_Maps 30 April 2016 WRIA19_WQ_Maps 9 April 2016
Supporting Data                  
PS Layers PS_layers.zip April 2016 3,076            
Cartographic Layers Cartographic.zip April 2016 251            
Mid-Scale Results Filename
(gdb.zip)
Publish Date File Size
(mb)
Water Flow Maps (PDF) File Size
(mb)
Publish Date Water Quality Maps (PDF) File Size
(mb)
Publish Date
Gorst Gorst_WF 2013 Aug   Gorst_WF_Maps   2012 Jan      
Pilchuck Pilchuck_WF 2012 Jan   Pilchuck_WF_Maps   2012 Jan Pilchuck WQ Maps 3 2011 Oct
Habitat Assessment Results
Geographic Area Geodata
(gdb.zip)
Publish Date File Size (mb) Water Flow
Maps (PDF)
File Size (mb) Publish Date Water Quality
Maps (PDF)
File Size (mb) Publish Date
Puget Sound Terrestrial_and_Freshwater.zip 2013 Dec 46            
Puget Sound Marine_Shoreline.zip 2013 Feb 57            

Please note the file size before downloading.


Contacts:

For questions concerning the Puget Sound Characterization Project, please contact:

Colin F. Hume
Project Manager, Watershed Characterization Technical Assistance Team
Washington State Department of Ecology, Northwest Regional Office
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA  98008-5452
Phone: (425) 649-7139
E-Mail:  colin.hume@ecy.wa.gov

For questions concerning the Puget Sound Characterization Project Data, please contact:
Susan Grigsby
Washington State Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, Washington  98504-7600
Phone: (360) 407-7546
E-Mail: susan.grigsby@ecy.wa.gov 
For questions concerning the website, please contact:
Rich Kim
Spatial Database Administrator
Washington State Department of Ecology
GIS Technical Services
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, Washington  98504-7600
Phone: (360) 407-6121
E-Mail: rich.kim@ecy.wa.gov

Page last updated Wednesday, November 29, 2017