The winter was cold and wet, resulting in a good snowpack to sustain river flows into summer. In Puget Sound, saltier waters in summer transitioned to fresher conditions by Fall 2021. Water temperatures in late Winter 2022 were colder and oxygen levels were high. From the air, Puget Sound looks spectacular, with few events to report. First signs of the spring algae bloom were visible in protected bays and passes. Port Susan and Carr Inlet already showed sizable patches of drifting organic material. Small jellyfish patches were present in Eld Inlet.
While we document water quality issues, we also showcase the natural beauty of Puget Sound.