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Find comprehensive services, news, information and data related to the Puget Sound marine environment and ecology and the work of King County, Washington to restore and protect it.

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More than 25,000 pounds of unwanted medicines were disposed of through the Pharmaceuticals Take Back Project in the last two years (2010).

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound (external link)
The region's authoritative compilation of Puget Sound geography, ecosystems, animal and plant species and restoration strategies provided by a partnership with University of Washington's Puget Sound Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Puget Sound Partnership.
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Marine life

Puget Sound marine life photos
View a photo collection of marine plants and animals including pictures of Puget Sound fish, invertebrates, and algae.

Sea star identification key
Identify common Intertidal "starfish" of Puget Sound.

Environmental indicators for marine habitat
Learn about the condition of King County's marine habitat (waters, shorelines and sediments), key influencing factors, King County actions, and how you can help.

Juvenile salmonid composition, timing, distribution, and diet in marine nearshore waters of Central Puget Sound in 2001-2002
Scientific report essential for protecting Puget Sound salmon from extinction and to recover depleted salmon stocks.

Marine shoreline inventory report
Inventory of selected shoreline habitat features that support juvenile salmonids, presented in part using high-resolution aerial photos with overlays that classify habitat types.

Puget Sound restoration

Puget Sound Partnership (external link)
Public/private group working to develop an aggressive 15-year plan to solve Puget Sound's most vexing problems.

Dockton Shoreline Restoration Project
Project is planned for summer 2012, restoring the shoreline and a salt marsh at Dockton, WA on Vashon/Maury Island.  Includes Determination of Non-Significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

King County Sound Tips 10 Steps to Help Save the Sound King County and Puget Sound Tips
Learn what you can do to protect Puget Sound. This brochure is one of King County's contributions as a member of the Puget Sound Partnership, which is beginning work on a 15-year plan to protect and restore the Sound. King County works to safeguard Puget Sound, protect human health and enrich the region's quality of life.

State of the nearshore report
It's no surprise that human impacts have caused big trouble for the marine shoreline environment in King County, but a new first-of-its-kind report released September 5, 2001 is helping to crystallize the extent of the problem.

Sediment remediation projects
Cleanup of contaminated sites in the Duwamish Waterway and Elliott Bay to enhance and restore habitat for aquatic life.

Elliot Bay nearshore substrate enhancement
A status report on a project to restore nearshore habitat by placing cobble, quarry spall, pea gravel and oyster shell at sites near the Duwamish Head and Seacrest.

Water pollution

Puget Sound water quality sampling station data
Map of offshore sampling stations providing authoritative water quality conditions in Central Puget Sound waters of King County.

Puget Sound Rain Gardens (external link)Rain gardens filter pollution from stormwater and support unusual native plants, and WSU has set a goal for register 12,000 rain gardens in the Puget Sound basin:

History of King County's regional wastewater treatment utility
Read how our region worked to keep our lakes and Puget Sound clean and healthy, including the early days of sewage treatment and disposal in King County, the birth of Metro and development of regional facilities to process the waste produced by our metropolitan area.

Combined Sewer Overflow Control Program
During heavy rainstorms, our combined sewers may exceed their capacity and the mixture of untreated sewage and stormwater is allowed to overflow into Puget Sound and other waters to keep it from backing up into homes and businesses. Learn how King County is working to improve our system to control overflows.

Combined sewer overflow water quality assessment: Duwamish River and Elliott Bay

Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment
Learn about these natural and synthetic chemicals flushed daily into our marine waters, and discover what King County is doing to protect public health and the environment as the science and our understanding of endocrine disruptors develops.

Environmental Laboratory
Collects samples from marine waters, lakes, rivers, biosolids application sites, industries and wastewater treatment plants, and analyzes samples in one of several labs including trace metals, organics, conventionals, microbiology and aquatic toxicology labs.

Metropolitan Water Pollution Abatement Advisory Committee (MWPAAC)
Created by state law, the MWPAAC advisites the King County Executive and Council on reducing water pollution.

Climate change

King County Climate Change Plan
How King County seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to projected climate change impacts, and embed mitigation and adaptation into county policy decisions. The plan incorporates issues, goals and actions related to coastal areas.

Coastal Areas breakout session results, King County Climate Change Conference
Review a summary report describing anticipated affects of global warming on coastal lands in Washington State with proposed adaptation strategies. Also, look up the coastal area session agenda, presentations, and speaker credentials and biographies.

Marine shorelines

Shoreline Master Program
Learn about King County's program to protect shorelines on Puget Sound, large lakes and major rivers.

Saltwater shorelines, Life on the Edge video series Includes Video
Watch a video that describes what affects Puget Sound beaches and their habitat, with ideas that beachgoers and shoreline property owners may like to apply to help preserve the quality of saltwater beaches and their ecosystems.

Beyond the beach : Learn about the nearshore environment and what you can do to help protect it from damage.

Learn about the Puget Sound nearshore environment from this illustrated presentation:

Learn about the Puget Sound nearshore environment

Inventory and assessment of current and historic beach feeding sources/erosion and accretion areas for the marine shorelines of Water Resource Inventory Areas 8 and 9

Watershed

Central Puget Sound watershed
Info in King County about Puget Sound and the creek drainages that drain directly to it.

For more information about Puget Sound, please contact Kimberle Stark, Senior Water Quality Planner, King County Marine and Sediment Assessment Group.

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News and announcements

Dec. 12, 2013
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County and eight mayors join in call for bold state action on climate change

Dec. 12, 2013
External column, Seattle Times
How we can use nature to fend off flooding in Puget Sound 

Dec. 5, 2013
Marine habitat restoration work in Green-Duwamish watershed key to chinook recovery

Nov. 21, 2013
External column, Seattle Times
Natural disasters and climate change: Seattle seawall and other smart plans

Nov. 5, 2013
External report, NW Public Radio
Snowpack, Sea Level, And Wildlife Main Climate Change Risks In The Northwest audio

Nov. 1, 2013
External article, Time Magazine
Oceans Warming Faster Than They Have Over Past 10,000 Years

Sep. 16, 2013
External video, Seattle Times
How does CO2 transform the ocean? video

Sep. 11, 2013
External report, Seattle Times
Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn 

Sep. 11, 2013
External report, KUOW
Restoring Puget Sound Shorelines One Beach At A Time audio

Jul. 31, 2013
King County keeping an eye on Puget Sound water quality with a new monitoring buoy

Jul. 25, 2013
Aug. 5 public meeting, tour for upcoming Dockton shoreline restoration work

Jul. 18, 2013
Fish kill in Vashon’s Quartermaster Harbor is linked to harmful algae bloom

Mar. 2, 2013
Fast response stops overflow at Barton Pump Station

Feb. 4, 2013
2013 State of the County Address

Jan. 12, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle calculates how climate change will redraw its shores

Jan. 6, 2013
External article, Bainbridge Island Review
More ‘king tides’ on the way to Puget Sound in January

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