Ecology Blog

Studying Puget Sound benthos
Our sediment team scientists examine the benthic community condition throughout Puget Sound and look at changes over time.
New science sheds light on Puget Sound dissolved oxygen

Two new reports evaluate the influence of people, climate, and the Pacific Ocean on oxygen levels in South and Central Puget Sound, as well as the larger Salish Sea.

Working together in Whatcom County to understand the manure-groundwater connection
This is a story about a gracious landowner who was willing to work with us so we could better understand connections between the use of manure on land and nitrate in groundwater.
Let’s Talk Science: A pH Solution
We are all familiar with the term acid and we often hear about the pH scale, but what does it really mean? It is a delicate dance at the molecular level. Let's break it down.
When soap and water are not a good thing

Soap isn’t the answer when there’s an oil spill.

Tacoma Smelter Plume: Dirt Alert! and Soil Cleanup Coming to Ruston and North Tacoma
Dirt Alert is a program to protect you and your family from arsenic and lead in soil.
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.
Grab your camera and snap a King Tide

The Washington King Tides Initiative needs your help documenting King Tides along Washington’s shores. Share your photos on washington.kingtides.net and the Flickr group.

Great water, natural resource projects on the horizon for Yakima River Basin
Projects OK'd for the Yakima River Basin aren't idling with the onslaught of winter. In fact they've sprinted out of the gate and are picking up speed.
Cleaning up: Northlake Ship Yard
Two barges will pass through the locks and arrive in Lake Union in Seattle to get set to remove contaminated mud from Lake Union's bottom.

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