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Two scientist on a the stern of a boat hoisting up a metal dredging box from the sea bed of Puget Sound.

Eyes Under Puget Sound: Size matters - what can we learn from biomass and size classification?

Scientists collecting samples from the sea floor of Puget Sound. (July 20 blog)

News stories

Owner of tug fined for oil spill at marina in Seattle​

July 20 news release – We have fined the owner of a 71-foot wooden tugboat named Chief for a 110 gallon oil spill at a Seattle marina.

Herb Beck Marina Beach in Jefferson County is closed to water contact recreation

July 20 blog – On July 20, 2018, Jefferson County Public Health issued a no water contact health advisory for Herb Beck Marina Beach due to high levels of fecal bacteria in the water.

Review and comment on permit for Boeing Auburn cleanup site

July 19 news release – We're inviting the public to review a draft permit for environmental cleanup work by the Boeing Company at its aircraft parts manufacturing facility in Auburn through Sept. 7, 2018.

New methods proposed to assess state waters and protect public health

July 18 news release – Ecology is proposing an update to the water quality assessment methods. The rule change would update the standards used to protect people from waterborne disease while they enjoy recreational activities like swimming and boating.

Sooes Beach in Clallam County is open for water recreation

July 18 blog – Recent water sampling determined that bacteria levels were low and safe for swimming. The beach has been re-opened.

Don't let ground-level ozone ruin your summer fun​

July 13 blog – We keep a close eye on ground-level ozone levels around the state and issue advisories when rising levels could affect people’s health. Learn what ground-level ozone is, what it can do to your health, how you can help prevent it, and know when levels are unhealthy.

Sooes Beach in Clallam County is closed to water contact recreation

July 13 blog – A no water contact health advisory was issued for Sooes Beach in Clallam County due to high levels of fecal bacteria. The beach will be sampled again next week to see if bacteria levels decreased. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Cline Spit County Park in Clallam County is now open for swimming & water recreation

July 11 blog – Clallam County Health and Human Services has re-opened Cline Spit County Park to water recreation. The beach had been under a water quality advisory because of elevated levels of fecal bacteria.

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