Puget Sound marine topics
Puget Sound marine documents
King County Science Section
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 aquatic biota - 2017
Learn about the status of King County's Chinook salmon populations, key influencing factors, King County actions, and how you can help restore this salmon species, which is the primary food for endangered Orca whales. .
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.
- South Central Action Area Caucus Group
Local Integrating Organization (LIO) for Puget Sound Recovery - look up group members, learn about area priorities, meetings and plans.
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.
Cove Creek Habitat Restoration Project
Restoration of a creek on Vashon/Maury Island
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).
Maury Island Aquatic Reserve Armoring Removal
Mainly a Chinook salmon recovery project improving conditions for eelgrass, marine nearshore and forage fish spawning habitat.
Maury Island Natural Area Fill Removal Project
Project to remove a large concrete pier from the beach to improve beach spawning habitat for fish.
Saltwater State Park Restoration Project
Plan to remove a bulkhead at the mouth of McSorley Creek to restore processes that create habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon and improve nearshore spawning for baitfish.
Sediment remediation projects
Cleanup of contaminated sites in the Duwamish Waterway and Elliott Bay to enhance and restore habitat for aquatic life.
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.
Environmental indicators: Puget Sound marine water quality
Learn about the status of marine water quality at various locations in King County, factors that influence water quality and how you can help reduce your pollution.
How to build a rain garden
Rain gardens filter pollution from stormwater, helping bring health and vitality to creeks, lakes and Puget Sound.
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.
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 advises the King County Executive and Council on reducing water pollution.
King County Strategic Climate Action 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.
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
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:
Central Puget Sound Watershed
Info in King County about Puget Sound and the creek drainages that drain directly to it.
Encyclopedia of Puget Sound
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.
News and announcements
Jan. 24, 2020
External article, Seattle Times
Crab larvae off Oregon and Washington suffering shell damage from ocean acidification, new research shows
Jan. 21, 2020
External article, Crosscut
Lawmakers urge fish-friendly fixes to seaside properties
Dec. 7, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds
Dec. 6, 2019
External report, KING5 News
New marine heat wave known as 'the Blob' spotted again off the West Coast