Urban bay sediment monitoring

As part of our Long-Term Marine Sediment Monitoring Program, we evaluate the health of six urban bays in Puget Sound by monitoring sediments in:

  • Bainbridge Basin
  • Bellingham Bay
  • Budd Inlet
  • Commencement Bay
  • Elliott Bay
  • Port Gardner
Scientist in foreground rinses sediment from collection bin. Smokestacks and buildings are visible above the water.

Studying critters in urban sediments

The bays in your backyard

Urban bays are bays near population centers, making them subject to many pressures, including pollution. We monitor the benthic (bottom) habitat and invertebrate community in six Puget Sound urban bays. We compare results over space and time to monitor the changing conditions in Puget Sound health.

The most recently published reports for the six bays are below: