Puget Sound

Puget Sound, the nation’s second largest marine estuary, faces a number of challenges related to population growth and development, habitat loss, and pollution. We work with local and tribal governments, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and private sector partners to protect and restore the Sound.
Puget Sound, the nation’s second largest marine estuary, faces a number of challenges related to population growth and development, habitat loss, and pollution. We work with local and tribal governments, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and private sector partners to protect and restore the Sound.

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Calling all lovers of the Puget Sound!

We are hosting a Puget Sound Nutrient Dialog - an all day meeting to discuss and learn. 

Around the Sound: Custom work earns kudos
The stunning transformation of a toxic old mill site in Anacortes is getting some well-deserved attention, and not just from community members.
Around the Sound: A great day at the bay!
The Port Gamble Klallam Tribe held an amazing blessing ceremony today for a coming, major cleanup of in-water sediments in the bay.
Around the Sound: Changes already obvious during Port Gamble Bay cleanup
Cleanup work in and around Port Gamble Bay didn't start until late September, but already the changes are striking.
Eyes Over Puget Sound: Conditions still favorable for fish growth
During our monthly flight in October, we saw plumes of river water starting to flow into Puget Sound.
Around the Sound: Port Gamble nearing finishing line
After years of planning, cleanup, and restoration efforts, we are nearing the final stages of our cleanup work at the Port Gamble Mill property. We invite you to comment on our cleanup plans.
Cleaning up: Fieldwork on Bellingham's busy working waterfront
Contamination testing at Bellingham's central waterfront will set the stage for final cleanup plans.
A foot of water can make or break a King Tide

Help scientists track and document King Tides this year! The King Tides Photo Initiative is aimed at getting people to take and share photographs during unusually high tides.

Ferries for Science: Technology hitches a ride to better understand Puget Sound

State marine scientists collaborated to install a high-tech water monitoring sensor on the hull of the 64-car Salish ferry.

Life is stressful at the bottom of Bellingham Bay
The communities of small invertebrates, also known as benthos, living in the sand and mud at the bottom of Bellingham Bay are showing signs of stress.