Eyes over Puget Sound

Around 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.

Download a copy of the latest Eyes Over Puget Sound.

Surface conditions on our latest flight

Despite a La Niña system, precipitation has been lower since March, leaving only snow-fed rivers running high. Due to lower rainfall and warm summer temperatures, the salinity of Puget Sound was generally higher.

Strong summer algae blooms and large patches of organic material and macro-algae are building up in many places and are washing onto beaches. This beach wrack can harbor increased bacteria numbers on hot summer days, when tidal mudflats and beaches are very warm.

In other news, SCUBA divers clean up Redondo Beach.

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