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Latest health report on Washington beaches

See the good, the best, and the "poopy" marine swimming beaches in our BEACH Program 2018 Annual Report.

Our sediment monitoring team contributes to the Smithsonian’s Global Genome Initiative
Our scientists use DNA barcoding to identify Puget Sound benthic invertebrates. This work is a collaboration for the Global Genome Initiative.
Moss animals: Animals in plant disguises!
Bryozoans take on many different growth forms that provide habitat and shelter for juvenile fish and invertebrates. Some resemble fans or lace, while others appear more geometric.
Women in Science: Laura Hermanson

Laura Hermanson is a scientist with the BEACH Program. She keeps beachgoers safe by sampling high-use beaches for fecal bacteria and warning people when it isn’t safe to recreate in the water.

Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the month — the heart cockle
The heart cockle is a bivalve named for its heart-shaped profile. They are the largest cockles on the west coast, reaching almost 6 inches in length.
Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the month — dove snails

Dove snails don’t look much like their avian namesake – except for the teardrop shape of their shells.

New Online Map: Dirt Alert

This month we launched our new Dirt Alert Map. This online map focuses on the Tacoma Smelter Plume and  covers other areas in the state where arsenic- and lead-related soil contamination may exist.

Oak Harbor has Puget Sound's future in mind
The city of Oak Harbor is about to bring Puget Sound's newest wastewater treatment plant online.
Monitoring is essential to Puget Sound

We recently adapted our sediment monitoring program to collect data that will help better understand the effects of climate change and of nutrient pollution flowing into the Sound.

Eyes Under Puget Sound: critter of the month — the skeleton shrimp
If you can put aside their alien appearance, skeleton shrimp are fascinating creatures.

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