Ecology Blog

Tacoma Smelter Plume: New Outreach in Spanish

Ecology launched new Spanish-language outreach in Federal Way last month.

Eyes Over Puget Sound: A look at 2016 in photos

Learn about how the global climate affects water quality, see the impacts warmer waters had on Puget Sound, and compare photos from flights throughout 2016.

Ring in the New Year with the black-eyed hermit crab
The black-eyed hermit is never far from home, because it carries it along. Hermit crabs find protection from predators inside empty snail shells.
Watching the water supply
The balmy spring caused snowpack to melt at record rates. In early April, the state snowpack was slightly above normal. By late May, it was less than 50 percent of normal.
New commercial fish farm (net pen) management tools being developed: Provide your input on project scoping by March 4
Washington's 30-year-old management guidelines for commercial, marine fish farms (net pens) are getting an overhaul.
Seeking farmers in Palouse watershed to help improve environment
Millions of dollars are available to Palouse-area farmers for making on-the-ground improvements that benefit soil, water and fish and wildlife habitat.
Eyes Over Puget Sound: La Niña is here!

November 2016 surface-conditions report: heavy rains swelled Puget Sound rivers and streams to above-normal levels, so water temperatures, salinity, and oxygen improved.

Get winterized with the frost-spot corambe
The frost-spot corambe is a beautiful sea slug with frosty white speckles that seem to glow as if it just swallowed a set of twinkly lights.
Having a bad hair day? The hair worms can relate
The hair worms belong to a family of polychaetes called Cirratulidae, and their tangled hairs are actually branchiae, external gills that occur in pairs along their bodies.
Innovative Water Solutions
The efforts began decades ago. The goal: to meet water needs for families, farms, forests, and fish without fighting.

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