Wednesday, January 20, 2010

South Puget Sound Dissolved Oxygen Presentation on YouTube

By Dustin Bilhimer, Water Quality Program

In response to strong demand from South Puget Sound area stakeholders, Ecology has released a video on YouTube discussing the South Puget Sound Dissolved Oxygen Study.

In the video, Dr. Mindy Roberts, from Ecology’s Environmental Assessment Program, describes the sources of pollution that contribute to low dissolved oxygen, preliminary study findings, and the next steps for the project.

Excess nitrogen from wastewater treatment plants and other human and natural sources may deplete the dissolved oxygen levels in marine waters, harming fish and marine invertebrates. A damaged marine ecosystem means big trouble for Puget Sound businesses that rely on fishing and recreation.

In addition to the YouTube video, you can learn more about this study from our website, which includes links to related publications, data reports, and information on what you can do to help save South Puget Sound from the similar problems faced by Washington’s Hood Canal and the nation’s largest estuary, Chesapeake Bay.

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