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Ecology provides the high-quality science that is the foundation of Washington state environmental policy. Our monitoring, assessment, and modeling services provide a data-rich understanding of our state’s land, air, and water. We provide access to that data through reports, databases, maps and user-friendly online tools.

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Ecology provides the high-quality science that is the foundation of Washington state environmental policy. Our monitoring, assessment, and modeling services provide a data-rich understanding of our state’s land, air, and water. We provide access to that data through reports, databases, maps and user-friendly online tools.

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Data collection methods
We collect beach topography and nearshore bathymetry data using GPS, boat-based lidar, and sonar.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/coastal-monitoring-assessment/data-collection-methods
Eyes Over Puget Sound
We provide documentation of Puget Sound waterways using community submissions and aerial photography.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/puget-sound-and-marine-monitoring/eyes-over-puget-sound
River & stream water quality monitoring
We monitor water quality at nearly 100 river and stream stations throughout the state.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/river-stream-monitoring/water-quality-monitoring
Data products & reports
See example data products, get access to data, and view reports and presentations.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/coastal-monitoring-assessment/data-products
State, County, and Watershed Maps for Washington
We have created various GIS maps for public download.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/data-resources/geographic-information-systems-gis/maps
Freshwater fish contaminant monitoring
We analyze freshwater fish for various toxic chemicals.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/toxics-monitoring/freshwater-fish-contaminant-monitoring
Henderson Inlet effectiveness monitoring
Our monitoring work in Henderson Inlet shows how local projects reduced fecal coliform in water.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/water-quality-improvement-effectiveness-monitoring/henderson-inlet
GIS Applications
Find a list of GIS applications at Ecology.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/data-resources/geographic-information-systems-gis/applications
Monitoring for lead in lakes & streams
We monitor temporal changes in the lead levels of rivers and streams in the state.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/toxics-monitoring/lead-monitoring
Coastal Monitoring & Analysis Program projects
Learn about coastal mapping and monitoring projects around Puget Sound and Pacific coast.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/coastal-monitoring-assessment/projects
Lower Snohomish River Tributaries effectiveness monitoring
We're studying bacteria pollution in tributaries to the Lower Snohomish River.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/water-quality-improvement-effectiveness-monitoring/lower-snohomish-river-tributaries
Long-term marine water & sediment data
We gather high quality data to help accurately reflect changes in marine environments over time.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/puget-sound-and-marine-monitoring/water-column-data
Mercury in fish tissue
We monitor mercury levels in freshwater fish throughout Washington.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/toxics-monitoring/mercury-in-fish-tissue
Newaukum River effectiveness monitoring
We're studying the Newaukum River to understand the effects of river restoration on the watershed.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/water-quality-improvement-effectiveness-monitoring/newaukum-river
King County annual BEACH report
We sampled 10 beaches in King County for bacteria in the summer of 2022.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/beach-annual-report/king-county
GIS standards
Find standards for Ecology's GIS data.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/data-resources/geographic-information-systems-gis/standards
Puyallup River tributaries effectiveness monitoring
We’re studying bacteria pollution in tributaries to the Puyallup River.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/water-quality-improvement-effectiveness-monitoring/puyallup-river-tributaries
Railroad Creek monitoring
Our scientists are studying how mine remediation affects aquatic life uses along Railroad Creek.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/water-quality-improvement-effectiveness-monitoring/railroad-creek
Monitoring Puget Sound from ferries
We installed sensors on passenger ferries as a cost-effective way of collecting water quality data.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/puget-sound-and-marine-monitoring/monitoring-puget-sound-from-ferries
Jellyfish in Puget Sound
Jellyfish numbers may be increasing in Puget Sound. You can help us monitor them.
https://ecology.wa.gov/research-data/monitoring-assessment/puget-sound-and-marine-monitoring/jellyfish
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