Eyes Over Puget Sound - 2020 Year in Review

The Washington State Department of Ecology has prepared a summary review of its Eyes Over Puget Sound surface condition reports from 2020.

Eyes Over Puget Sound report cover
Eyes Over Puget Sound report cover

Eyes Over Puget Sound: 2020 Year in Review

Publication number Date Published
20-03-070 January 2021

Eyes Over Puget Sound: 2020 Year in Review
(Number of pages: 44) (Publication Size: 14400KB)

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Author(s) Krembs, Christopher

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 resulted in an information gap in our work between March and September. Our field crew restored full capacity and data collection, and arial photography resumed in September.
Critters in the sediment and water are a testament that life continues in beautiful ways, and it’s worth going for a dive in Puget Sound when the water is clear.
Despite wildfires and a lot of smoke during a dry late summer, precipitation and flows of major rivers were as expected, or even above normal, for most of the year.
With volunteers sending in images on the water we can say that 2020 was a productive year for Puget Sound. Schools of herring were abundant, Noctiluca blooms were big and numerous, and large amounts of decaying organic material washed onto beaches.

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Contact Christopher Krembs at 360-407-6675 or christopher.krembs@ecy.wa.gov
Keywords EOPS, Eyes Over Puget Sound
About the Author: 
Christopher Krembs, Ph.D., is the Lead Oceanographer at the Washington State Department of Ecology and oversees the Eyes Over Puget Sound monitoring program.