Ecology Blog

Smoky siege
A look back at the record-breaking wildfire smoke that hit Washington in September 2020.
Fecal Matters: Saltwater State Park in King County is closed due to a sewage spill
Public Health - Seattle and King County issued a closure to water contact at Saltwater State Park due to a sewage spill upstream from the beach.
Bi-state partnership boosts understanding of Walla Walla River basin
Ecology is working with Oregon Water Resources and USGS on a comprehensive study of groundwater in the Walla Walla River Basin. This solid science will help inform future policy in the region.
Boots on the ground: Washington Conservation Corps through the years
The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), serves the state through “boots on the ground,” hands-on environmental service. Join us for a look back at WCC through the years.
Our 5 most popular science reports
Our scientists publish about 100 scientific documents every year. The five most popular range from studies using the Salish Sea Model to instructions for gaining lab accreditation.
On the road to a toxic-free future: How close are we after 50 years?
Ecology’s Hazardous Waste program looks back at 50 years working to reduce industrial waste, and looks ahead to what comes next
Systemwide change to tackle plastic pollution no longer out of reach
The U.S. Plastic Pact is an ambitious initiative to unify diverse public and private stakeholders across the plastics chain to rethink how we design, use, and reuse plastics.
25 years of outstanding performance awards for wastewater treatment plants
Keeping a wastewater treatment plant in top-performing condition can be a tough job. Every year we recognize these top-notch facilities and their operators.
Life’s a beach for the false sandcastle worm
With its beachy name and sandy dwelling, the false sandcastle worm is the quintessential beach bum.
Cleaning up: Fieldwork on Bellingham waterfront's largest cleanup site
What's next for cleaning up the Whatcom Waterway?

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