Eyes over Puget Sound

Once a month, we take to the air and travel by boat to obtain high-resolution aerial photo observations and gather water data at our monitoring stations and state ferry transects. This provides us a visual picture of the health of Puget Sound, which we call Eyes Over Puget Sound or EOPS.

Eyes Over Puget Sound empowers you to:

  • See what is currently happening in Puget Sound.
  • See how weather and climate are shaping Puget Sound water quality.
  • Use Eyes Over Puget Sound as free educational material for your own endeavors.

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Summary of latest observations

Large-scale influences on Puget Sound, climate, and streams

  • Following a generally warmer and drier winter and a cold spell in February, much of Puget Sound waters are too cold for anchovies.
  • Most stream gages are reporting normal flows.
  • Air temperature will play a critical role in determining how long our reduced snowpack can sustain streamflows to Puget Sound in the summer months.

What we saw on our flights over Puget Sound

  • The productive season is in full swing with algal blooms spotted in South Sound, Kitsap Peninsula, and Quartermaster Harbor.
  • Jellyfish are abundant in some inlets.
  • Noctiluca stains the water orange in Totten Inlet, Belfair, and Hood Canal.
  • We spotted a transient pod of orcas in Case Inlet (South Sound).

Behind the scenes of science

  • In this month's report we take you into the lab to see how we assure the highest data quality from our field instruments.

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