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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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. 
Stretch it out: The squat lobster finds strength in flexibility
It’s almost January, which for many, means healthy New Year’s resolutions. This month’s critter varies its routine to stay in shape year-round, in order to adapt to life in a changing ocean.
Expedited rulemaking to amend state SEPA rules
We are amending state SEPA rules to increase the exemption levels local governments can incorporate into their policies and procedures for apartments, small houses, and attached homes.
Highlighting the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
We're putting the spotlight on our Padilla Bay Reserve and its stewardship of estuarine ecosystems in the Puget Sound region.
If the spirit moves (mud): The burrowing ghost shrimp
Fall’s chill is in the air and decorations are going up all over town. Meanwhile, under the mud of Puget Sound, there’s a critter that stays in its costume all year long – the burrowing ghost shrimp.
Cleaning up: In-water cleanup moving forward at Seattle’s iconic Gas Works Park
Cleanup of Gas Works Park in Seattle is moving forward. We invite you to comment on two environmental cleanup documents and attend a public meeting.
Calling all volunteers! Help your community recover from an oil spill and volunteer your vessel
We are looking for volunteers to help in the event of a large oil spill.
50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act
A short video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
Blue Heron Slough to provide critical habitat to salmon
The Blue Heron Slough project is restoring 353 acres of Snohomish River estuary habitat, which will benefit Chinook salmon and in turn, aid recovery of southern resident orcas in Puget Sound.
Partnerships fuel removal of toxic tires from Washington’s waters
Removing waste tires from Washington's waters is a complex, long-term issue. But we can start tackling parts of the problem now. Learn about two of our grant recipients working on tire removal.

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