Eyes Over Puget Sound: Finally getting back to normal

After a long, hot and grueling summer, Puget Sound is finally starting to get closer to normal. Autumn brings cooler air temps and rainstorms which help the rivers that feed the Sound recover their flows. As a result, Puget Sound is getting a much needed dose of cold air and water.

Front cover of Eyes Over Puget Sound shows pilot steering boat while it is landed.
On this month's flight we saw fewer algal blooms, jellyfish and macro-algae as a result of the water's salinity becoming more normal.

And the national Innovations Award winners are...

Six scientists stand with Maia Bellon. One scientist holds a green glass award.

Team members from our Eyes Over Puget Sound and Ferries for Science programs pose with Director Maia Bellon and their 2015 ECOS Innovations Award.

Our Eyes Over Puget Sound and Ferries for Science programs shared the national Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Innovations Award for 2015! Our Director Maia Bellon accepted the award on behalf of the programs while attending the ECOS annual conference in Newport, Rhode Island.

Our marine programs were honored by this award for finding innovative solutions to funding, timeliness and public engagement in marine monitoring. Learn more about the award in our report.

Nisqually River fares okay through drought

Did you know that half the total freshwater that enters Puget Sound comes from the Nisqually River? This river fared the drought better than other rivers in Washington this year. Check out graphs, water quality improvement projects, and watershed restoration efforts in our streams section of this month's report.

Keeping an eye on Puget Sound

Even with conditions trending back toward normal, waters are still warmer than usual for this time of year. El Niño and the Blob are likely to affect Puget Sound and keep waters warm throughout the winter. We'll continue monitoring Puget Sound and report conditions to you as we find them.