Ecology Blog

May the ‘stache be with you – celebrate Movember with the shovelhead worm
This month, let’s pay homage to the most fan-stache-tic of facial adornments (and be mindful of Movember’s mission) with Puget Sound’s mustachioed mud-dweller: the shovelhead worm.
Adjudication in the Nooksack Basin
In 2019, the Legislature asked us to identify areas that were our highest priorities for future adjudications. We identified the Nooksack as one of those.
Washington Coastal Zone Management Program Receives National Award
The Lower Columbia Solutions Group recently won the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s Coastal Project of the Year award for work near the mouth of the Columbia River.
PFAS Sampling in Lake Washington
Scientists from our Toxic Studies Unit recently completed the first round of sampling as part of a new PFAS study in Lake Washington and its tributaries.
Cleaning up Hanford: Much progress, a lot left to do
This is the last week on the job for Nuclear Waste Program Manager Alex Smith. Before Smith heads off to her next adventure, however, she reflected on her last five years heading the program.
Beware of cute little monsters: The jelly-dwelling anemone has a spooky secret
Step aside, Alien. Puget Sound has its very own version of this famous parasitic predator, but without the terrifying claws or fangs.
If they build it, will the salmon come?
A restored Chelan River is prompting Ecology to evaluate what the river can support.
Fecal Matters: No-contact advisory issued for Port Washington Narrows, Kitsap County
No-contact advisory issued for Port Washington Narrows, Kitsap County
Fecal Matters: Saltwater State Park is open for water contact recreation, King County
Fecal Matters: Saltwater State Park in King County is open for water contact recreation.
Improving our permit that helps lake managers control aquatic plants and algae
We are looking for feedback on draft updates to the general permit for aquatic plant and algae management.

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