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Summary of South Puget Sound Water Quality Study

Publication number Date Published
02-03-020September 2002
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Author(s) Albertson, S.L., K. Erickson, J.A. Newton, G. Pelletier, R.A. Reynolds, and M.L. Roberts
Description This 4-page publication summarizes the South Puget Sound Water Quality Study, an examination of the environmental health of South Puget Sound in terms of dissolved oxygen and nutrient levels. Increased nitrogen and phosphorus from population growth can cause lower dissolved oxygen levels, reduce water clarity, increase toxic algae blooms and unsightly algae mats and scums, and change species distribution.

This study evaluates the sensitivity of the Sound in two ways: 1) field observations and experimental measurements and 2) development of a mathematical model. The study concluded that South Puget Sound is sensitive to nutrient addition and that Case, Carr, and Budd inlets have the lowest dissolved oxygen levels within South Puget Sound.
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Keywords Population, model, study, water quality, toxic, quality, Puget Sound, algae
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
(WRIA 13,WRIA 14)

South Puget Sound Water Quality Study, Phase 1