Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Habitats

Explore the web's most complete and up-to-date habitat classifications for the shorelines of Puget Sound and the Washington coast.

Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
Species Library

Our updated species library features checklists of species found in the Puget Sound watershed, from vertebrates and invertebrates, to plants and algae. Read thousands of descriptions from the Encyclopedia of Life and find status and trends for regional species of concern.  

pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs are among contaminants of emerging concern
Chemistry

Thousands of different compounds, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, are produced and used as part of our daily lives.  Advances in analytical methods have allowed the detection of many of these compounds in the environment.

Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
Document Archive

Our document archive includes a rich history of Puget Sound science, from the State of the Sound to a complete collection of Salish Sea conference proceedings.

The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Our scope

Puget Sound is fed by its many water sources, from high elevation snowmelt to floodplains and wetlands. Articles and accounts feature terrestrial species and environments, as well as nearshore and marine systems. View watershed boundaries.

Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Report

A report by the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute describes a 2013 workshop to integrate the social sciences into Puget Sound ecosystem monitoring.

Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.
Biennial Science Work Plan

The Puget Sound Partnership is collaborating with the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute to prepare an inventory of current scientific research related to Puget Sound recovery. This draft assessment will eventually be available as part of the Partnership's Biennial Science Work Plan. 

Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs are among contaminants of emerging concern
Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Printable flyers for Salish Sea Currents stories

Salish Sea Currents

The Salish Sea Currents magazine series has been very popular with our readers.  As part of this project, we offer a printer-friendly, 2-page flyer of each story.  These PDF flyers, which are suitable for your favorite bulletin board or for distribution at meetings, are available for download within the related links section of each story.  We also offer them here for convenience. Enjoy!

Featured paper

Health of the Salish Sea as measured using transboundary ecosystem indicators

Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management

A December 2014 paper in the journal Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management describes transboundary ecosystem indicators for the Salish Sea. More>

Recent papers

View selected papers and reports related to Puget Sound science. The list is generated monthly through alerts by Google Scholar, and we welcome additional suggestions.

Species of the day

photo of Charina bottae (Northern Rubber Boa). Source: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3131/5857798692_7dc16f0305_z.jpg
Magazine

Stormwater fixes could cost billions

Raindrops on a cafe window. Photo: Jim Culp (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimculp/7140363701

Pollution from stormwater has been called one of the greatest threats to Puget Sound. But how much will it cost to hold back the rain? A new EPA-funded study says the price could reach billions per year, a figure that dwarfs current state and federal allocations.

Read more about stormwater in Salish Sea Currents.

News

A new document identifies and recommends priority science for Puget Sound recovery. Read more. 

Download EoPS ringtones

As featured in Seattle Magazine.

Defining the watershed

How do we define the Puget Sound watershed? The boundaries are mapped using hydrologic unit codes (HUCs), nationally standardized divisions used by conservation agencies.

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