By Sandy Howard, Communications Manager, Environmental Assessment Program
A highlight was the
dramatic view we spotted of the Stilliguamish River sending mud and sediment
into Port Susan.
Overall, our marine scientists are seeing air temperatures
increasing slowly and river flows are above normal. Visible algal blooms are
limited to smaller bays, in particular Sequim Bay and Bellingham Bay.
Noctiluca started to bloom and surface in East Sound, Orcas
Island, coinciding with high numbers of jellyfish.
Debris lines are mostly confined to Hood Canal.
Colder, saltier conditions have been developing during the
winter in the northern regions and pockets of colder water have been observed
in Central Sound and Hood Canal. Oxygen is variable yet close to expected
ranges. Sizable oil sheens were sighted in Gig Harbor and Carr Inlet.
Eyes Over Puget Sound
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.
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