Indicators

What constitutes indicators of a healthy Puget Sound and Straits? From the Puget Sound Partnership’s efforts, a partial list. No particular order. Just a list.

  • Swimmable beaches
  • Marine Water Quality
  • Water availability
    • In stream flows are important for humans and species.
  • Freshwater Quality
  • Salmon Abundance
  • Orca population
  • Commercial Fisheries harvested
  • Recreational fishing permits sold
    • Likely to be higher if fish stocks are plentiful!
  • Jellyfish
    • Can be indicators of an unhealthy environment
  • Terrestrial bird species numbers.
  • Eel Grass extent
  • Shoreline Armoring
    • Less is better, but unlikely to get to zero.
  • Toxics in fish
  • Toxics in sediment
  • Land use vs. Land Cover
    • Included impervious surface indicators. 
  • Personal Vehicle Miles Traveled:
      • Less is more for the health of the Sound until all electric vehicles arrive

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