Ecology Blog

Eyes Over Puget Sound: More squishies, less crunchies

Abundant sun and unusually warm water temperatures fueled phytoplankton and zooplankton blooms in many areas during June 2015's marine flight.

Drought Watch: Saving crops in Skagit County
Skagit Valley farmers who produce much of our nation's vegetable seed supply got a needed shot in the arm thanks to their local public utility district.
Snowpack at zero percent of normal; record lows for stream flows
Statewide, the average snowpack is zero percent of normal. That's right, you read that correctly, zero.
The dumbbell worm is no dummy
The dumbbell worm is tiny, ranging from 15 to 20 millimeters long and about 5 millimeters wide. It belongs to class Polychaeta, within the phylum Annelida.
Our taxonomists “name that species!”
Meet the two new taxonomists that recently joined the monitoring team, Dany Burgess and Angela Eagleston.
How and why we regulate the use of pesticides in water

We explain how we use our water quality standards and permits to regulate the use of aquatic pesticides. When used properly, aquatic pesticides can ;provide benefits to Washington's water.

Around the Sound: Moving ahead in Port Gamble
A major cleanup in Port Gamble Bay will launch in the coming weeks and months.
The right plants and wise water use make for a happy Mother's Day

While we all should regularly practice water conservation, you can pick a gift for mom this year from a wide selection of drought tolerant plants and trees.

News Release: Ecology, shellfish growers cancel pesticide spraying permit
Following discussions over the weekend, Ecology and the Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association have agreed to cancel a recently issued permit.
New oyster permit substantially reduces toxics in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor
We monitor, analyze and plan ways to clean and protect our state's waters. This involves limiting and restricting the ways facilities, farms and others discharge any pollution into our waterways.

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