Puget Sound Stream Benthos is a data management project which monitors benthic invertebrates in streams and rivers in the Puget Sound region. The system is maintained and operated by King County, and was the result of a joint effort between King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.
Pierce County is located on Puget Sound in Washington State. It is bordered on the west by Thurston County, the north by King County, the east by Yakima County and the south by Lewis County. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Pierce County had a total land area of 1,669.51 square miles and a population of 795,225. Tacoma is the largest city with a population of 198,397. Also of interest:
- Intersecting watershed sub-basins(5): Naches, Upper Cowlitz, Puyallup, Nisqually and Puget Sound.
- Major lakes: Alder Lake, Lake Tapps, American Lake, Spanaway Lake and Steilacoom Lake.
- Major rivers: Puyallup River, Carbon River, Nisqually River, Clearwater River, White River, Mowich River and Mashel River.
- Mount Rainier (14,410 feet) is part of the Cascade Range and the highest point in Pierce County. Being the tallest mountain and one of five major composit volcanoes (sometimes called stratovolcanoes) located in the state, makes Mount Rainier an icon of the Washington landscape.