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.

Look at the smaller issue (above) or download a copy of the latest Eyes Over Puget Sound.

Surface conditions on our latest flight

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.

Learn more about Eyes over Puget Sound