Thursday, May 23, 2013

See "Eyes Over Puget Sound" for May 20

By Sandy Howard, communications manager, Environmental Assessment Program

It’s just a click away — Eyes Over Puget Sound for May 20.

Phytoplankton blooms are notable, with extensive harmless, red-orange Noctiluca blooms showing up early following a period of high freshwater inputs and milder weather conditions.

As you can see in our cover photo, the Fraser River sediment influence is strong north of the San Juan Islands. We are having warm, fresh water entering Central Puget Sound from Whidbey Basin.

In the past few weeks river flows and air temperatures have been higher than normal and are now decreasing.

"Eyes Over Puget Sound” combines high-resolution photo observations with satellite images, en route ferry data between Seattle and Victoria BC, and measurements from our moored instruments.

Learn more about Ecology's marine water quality monitoring program and see more Eyes Over Puget Sound reports.

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