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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Boots on the ground: Kicking off a new WCC service term

Our incoming Washington Conservation Corps field crews have hit the ground runnings with environmental projects across Washington's trails, green spaces, and waterways.

Camano Island community takes the lead on septic solutions

The Maple Grove Community on Camano Island worked with Ecology and Craft3 to create a solution for their septic issues by the community, for the community. 

Bad blood? More like "mad love" for the Pacific blood star

With its bright coloring, the Pacific blood star Henricia leviuscula is a recognizable sight in rocky tide pools. Read on to learn about the crimson critter with a few tricks up its spindly sleeves.

Introducing the Puget Sound Benthos Toolbox

Our list of Puget Sound invertebrates is over 1,200 and growing! We have compiled photos, descriptions, and reference materials of all documented invertebrates in a new interactive dashboard.

Cleaning up: Tackling dioxins and PAHs in Budd Inlet
Ecology and the Port of Olympia are amending a legal agreement that requires the port to clean up contamination in sediment — the mud, sand, and silt under the waters of Budd Inlet.
Striving for a resilient ocean on World Ocean Day
The ocean nourishes us and sustains life. But the ocean is changing because of carbon pollution from human activities. We're taking steps to help the ocean. Learn how you can help too.
Headed out on your boat? Pump out your sewage, don't let it float!
Planning some time on your boat as summer kicks off? Here’s the last of our water-related reminders: don’t empty your boat’s holding tank into Puget Sound or inland waters.
West Point Treatment Plant water quality permit up for review
We're updating the West Point Treatment Plant water quality permit with new requirements to better protect Puget Sound.
Fecal Matters: The 2022 BEACH report is in
Check out the new BEACH Annual Report to see how your beach fared in 2022.
King tides showcase future sea level rise
Washington’s 56 cities and counties with marine shorelines are experiencing this winter’s final cycle of king tides.