Category: 2016

View the presentation here. This primarily focusses on coho salmon, mostly because of the phenomena of pre-spawn mortality that occurs in urban creeks. There is a connection between prespawn mortality and traffic congestion that was interesting enough to study. They …

Jen McIntyre: New science documenting toxic impacts on salmon and other aquatic species Read More »

View the presentation here. Working forests can also recover salmon. This talk describes several tools VELMA (Visualizing Ecosystem Land Management Assessments), PENUMBRA (steam shade and temperature model), and EDT (Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment). The Mashel watershed currently shows pretty intensive …

Bob McKane: Nisqually Community Forest VELMA modeling Read More »

View the presentation here. Looking for fecal coliform in shellfish growing areas. Shellfish need to be protected! They even have districts…14 active Shellfish Protection Districts. Lindsey is looking at changes and trends in fecal coliform in these Districts. Bacteria data …

Lindsey Hamilton: Exploring drivers of fecal coliform pollution trends in South Puget Sound Read More »

View the presentation here. Wendy Steffensen and Jeff Hansen- LOTT is a wastewater utility.  They receive wastewater from Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater.  They discharge treated water to Budd Inlet.  But they have been grappling with how to accommodate growth …

LOTT’s Reclaimed Water Study: What we have learned so far about residual chemicals in our local waters Read More »

View the presentation here. Phill gave this talk at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Canada. The study took place in Central Salish Sea, What are forage fish? They are a food for rockfish salmon and sea birds. Examples of …

Phill Dionne: Test batch tagging methods on nearshore forage fish Read More »

View the presentation here. Puget Sound steelhead have really declined over the last 30 years. Ouch! Steelhead telemetry is a cool tool. Greater migration distance means lower survival. Bummer. Too bad that Puget Sound is such a tough place for …

Megan Moore: Steelhead smolt survival through Puget Sound Read More »

View the presentation here. Bobbi Hudson is the assistant director for the Pacific shellfish institute (PSI), a Washington based organization. Most of the funding is grant funding some through NOAA through Sea Grant, private funding, and tribes. Ecological Carrying capacity …

Bobbi Hudson: Modeling trophic interactions in South Sound Read More »

Hello! I’m your guest live blogger, Bonnie Becker from UW Tacoma. The purpose of this USGS project is to update the groundwater model so that managers can prepare for future water demand. Groundwater model has a larger study area (706 …

Wendy Welch and Andy Long: An updated groundwater model for regional planning – ChambersClover Creek Watershed, Pierce County Read More »

Shoreline monitoring toolbox Shoreline Armoring Impacts and Beach Restoration Effectiveness Vary with Elevation View the presentation here. Results of their work, comparing shorelines. North, Central and South Sound are consistent in term of their width and shade, but lose these …

Jason Toft: The impacts of armoring on Salish Sea shorelines Read More »

View the presentation here. Olympia’s’ Budd inlet  has over two miles of shoreline, City policy in 2010 included protecting downtown olympia. SINCE the last ice age sea levels have risen over 400ft, IPCC scenarios expect up to 3ft of sea …

Eric Christensen: Sea level rise, Budd Inlet Read More »