Eops 2011 06_20

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Eyes Over Puget Sound (EOPS) is a news report, and is made available within two days of observation.

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/mar_wat/eops/

We inform on current surface conditions in Puget Sound and links several scales of observation together. The report contains condition summaries, personal flight observations, aerial photographs, en route ferry data, satellite images, and mooring data collected by the Marine Monitoring Unit at Ecology.

Ecology's Marine Monitoring Unit conducts several marine observations with a sampling frequency of minutes to 1 month. We use our routine commute flight between Kenmore Airbase and Olympia to document current marine water conditions by camera and supplement the information with satellite images and en route ferry data between Seattle WA and Victoria BC. This program is an example to optimize monitoring resources. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to the Eyes Over Puget Sound email listserv by going to this link:

http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-EYES-OVER-PUGET-SOUND

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Eops 2011 06_20

  1. 1. Eyes Over Puget Sound Surface Conditions Report June, 20th 2011Up-to-date observations of visible water quality conditions in Puget Sound and the Straits
  2. 2. Meet us in the field: Content: •Personal flight impression  p. 4‐7  Find out what it’s like to be in the field. •Aerial photography  p. 8‐33 Find out what you see at the surface. •Ferry and satellite  p.  n.a. Find out what we measure at the surface every day •In‐situ mooring data  p. 34‐36 Find out what we measure below the surface every day
  3. 3. Get your data from Ecology’s Environmental  Assessment Program Long – Term  Real – TimeMonitoring Network Sensor Network Ecology’s long‐term marine  monitoring stations Aerial survey:  Ferry and satellite :  ftp://www.ecy.wa.gov/eap brandon.sackmann@ecy.w /Flight_Blog/ a.gov Ferry track Morning flight Evening flight Access  core  Access mooring  monitoring data: Freshwater Report: ftp://ecy.wa.gov/Hallock/Freshwa data: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/a http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pr terReport/Ambient_Monitoring‐ pps/eap/marinewq/mwda ograms/eap/mar_wat/mo Monthly_Summary.html taset.asp orings.html
  4. 4. It was a particularly great day for the coast flight.  We almost decided to stay in the Puget Sound area because of low clouds, but as we approached the Willapa Hills the sun broke through and we enjoyed clear sunny skies all day.    The tide was very low when  we were sampling so I checked the depth at each station prior to the cast so we could avoid the dreaded mudplant (when the CTD hits the sediment) (see next page) The water was so calm it was hard to tell which way was up!  Bon voyage Marissa!   Red streaks in Willapa Bay to the river.     Bloom presence in Grays Harbor.
  5. 5. Marine Flight  1 (Coast)We saw baby seals, bald eagles, groups of blue herons, and bait balls.  It was a successful flight with 100% station attainment.  We saw very green and red water, which is evidence of phytoplankton growth. It was the last flight with my amazing co‐worker Marissa Jones, who is off to pursue her Masters degree at UW.
  6. 6. I was surprised to find myself trying to get out the last flight for the month in the third week of June. During the summer months the weather usually allows us to get all four flights done in the first couple weeks. To make matters worse, foggy conditions delayed our departure for two hours. But once the fog lifted it was a perfect day for sampling. We sampled all ten stations. It was a long field day, which was fitting for the longest day of the year. We enjoyed clear, sunny skies and calm, flat water. If you have been near the Central Sound lately you have no doubt noticed some shocking orange streaks on the surface of the water. We stopped and took a sample near Indianola and later confirmed it was Noctiluca, a plankton  species that is not harmful to human health. (Although I wouldn’t jump in it!) To learn more visit our website http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/mar_wat/mwalgae.html. Morning fog still burning off Noctiluca patches in Central Sound
  7. 7. 2011 Marine Flight 3 – Central Sound 4. ADM003 S. of Admiralty Inlet 47 52.739 122 28.9917 7. HCB010 3. PSB003 Hood Canal 6. DYE004 Puget Sound South of Bangor 47 40.2 Dyes Inlet Main Basin 122 49.2 NE of Chico Bay 47 39.5891 47 37.3389 122 26.5745 122 41.3754 8. HCB003 Hood Canal Eldon 47 32.2722 123 00.576 2. ELB015 5. SIN001 Elliott Bay Sinclair Inlet 47 35.7892 47 32.9557 122 22.1743 122 38.6083 9. HCB004 10. HCB007 Hood Canal, Hood Canal Sisters Point 1. EAP001 Lynch Cove 47 21.3723 East Passage 47 23.8889 123 01.4924 47 25.0226 122 55.7755 122 22.8241
  8. 8. Comment: Extensive Noctiluca bloom (confirmed by microscopy on 6‐21‐2011) in Central  Basin of Puget Sound, red brown and turquoise blooms in South SoundExtensive Noctiluca bloom in Central Basin Mixing and Fronts: Front Distinct fronts between Nisqually past Anderson  Island (South Sound) Suspended sediment: Nisqually, Commencement Bay, Quartermaster  Plume Harbor Visible blooms: Brown‐red in South Sound (Budd Inlet, Dana  Passage, Case and Carr Inlet). Green in  Bloom Quartermaster Harbor (Vashon Island) Oro Bay  (Anderson Island).  Turquoise bloom south of  Fox Island, east of Anderson Island and,  Nisqually Reach (all South Sound) Debris (mainly Noctiluca and macroalgae): Debris Extensive Noctiluca aggregates in Central Basin Drifting macro algae in middle portions of Carr Inlet Brown‐red bloom in East Bay, Olympia
  9. 9. Flight conditions between Olympia and  Seattle on 6‐20‐2011 Find and download all aerial images at ftp://www.ecy.wa.gov/eap/Flight_Blog/ Flight Details: Flier Christopher Krembs Morning  8:20 AM:    Seattle via Main Basin, Colvos Passage, Carr Inlet, Case  Inlet, Dana Passage, Budd Inlet into Olympia Evening 4:20 PM:   Olympia via Dana Passage, Anderson Island, Nisqually,  Gordon Point, Commencement Bay, Quartermaster  Harbor, Central Basin, Westpoint/Seattle  Conditions:  AM: Changes from good to poor visibility past Vashon I. PM: Good visibility, altitude 2500 ft, sunny, intermediate  clouds.
  10. 10. Legend to map annotations
  11. 11. Central  Sound8:20‐9:38  AM
  12. 12. South Sound: 8:20‐9:38 AM 
  13. 13. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Bloom Noctiluca surface aggregations looking south into Central Basin (Bainbridge Island to the right)  8: 29 AM
  14. 14. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Bloom Noctiluca surface aggregations looking north into Central Basin (Kingston in the far back) 8: 26 AM
  15. 15. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Noctiluca surface aggregations looking north into Central Basin (Port Madison to the left)  8: 27 AM
  16. 16. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Noctiluca surface aggregations looking south into Central Basin (Bainbridge Island to the right)  8: 29 AM
  17. 17. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Bloom Debris Noctiluca surface aggregations looking west into Central Basin (Port Madison)  8: 32 AM
  18. 18. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Noctiluca surface aggregations looking  north into Central Basin (Bainbridge Island to the left)  8: 38 AM
  19. 19. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <2000 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Noctiluca surface aggregations looking west into Eagle Harbor (Bainbridge Island)  8: 39 AM
  20. 20. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <1000 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Bloom Red Brown bloom in Case Inlet east of Harron Island 9:25 AM
  21. 21. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <1000 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Red brown bloom in East Bay around Swantown Marine, Butt Inlet, Olympia 9:32 AM
  22. 22. Evening, South Sound 4:25‐5:00 PM
  23. 23. Evening Central  Sound4:25‐5:00  PM
  24. 24. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Bloom Red brown bloom near Boston Harbor near Dana Passage, South Sound  4:30 PM
  25. 25. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Bloom Red brown bloom in Case Inlet looking west into Case Inlet from Dana Passage 4:34 PM
  26. 26. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Plume Front Bloom Quarter master Harbor (Vashon Island) with algae bloom and Puyallup river plume front 4:40 PM
  27. 27. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Bloom Debris Strong algae bloom in,  Quartermaster Harbor (right) , Vashon Island and long Noctiluca filaments on  the water and beaches (Des Moines in far back) 4:43 PM
  28. 28. Morning flight from Seattle to Olympia at <1000 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Strong algae bloom in,  Quartermaster Harbor (right) , Vashon Island and long Noctiluca  filaments on the water and beaches (Des Moines in far back) 4:43 PM
  29. 29. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Noctiluca filaments drifting at the surface east of Vashon Island, looking onto Des Moines. The  eastern tip of Vashon Island can be seen to the right 4:44 PM
  30. 30. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Bloom Debris Front Noctiluca filaments eddy and front east of Vashon Island, looking onto SEATAC 4:45PM 
  31. 31. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Noctiluca filaments eddy and front east of Vashon Island, looking onto Seattle, 4:45PM 
  32. 32. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Bloom Noctiluca filaments near Seattle (Elliott Bay), Central Basin 4:50 PM
  33. 33. Evening flight from Olympia to Seattle at 2500 ft altitudeMarine Monitoring Unit, Environmental Assessment Program, Washington State Department of Ecology Debris Long Noctiluca filaments  in Central Basin looking north towards Admiralty Reach 4:55 PM
  34. 34. Mooring observation from  June 7‐21, 2011  http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/mar_wat/moorings.htmlSummary: Decreasing dissolved oxygen (DO) values at Mukilteo and Manchester mooring StationsMukilteo, Whidbey Basin near EverettMUK01BR (16 m): DO values dropped 1.0 mg/L with mean daily values decreasing from 9.5 mg/L to 8.5 mg/L; mean value was 9.0 mg/L.  Salinity mean value was 28.5 PSU.  Temperature increased by 0.8  C with mean daily values rising from 9.5  C to 10.3  C.MUK01SR (0 m):  Mean daily salinity values varied around 24.0 PSU (4.5 PSU less than MUK01BR).  The temperature mean value was 11.9 C, an increase of 0.3  C from previous month.Manchester, Main BasinMCH01BR (11m): DO values dropped 1.6 mg/L with mean daily values decreasing from 9.8 mg/L to 8.2 mg/L; mean value was 8.9 mg/L. Salinity mean value was 28.7 PSU.  Temperature mean value of 10.4  C.MCH01SR: Salinity  mean value was 28.6 PSU. Temperature mean value was 10.6  CSquaxin Passage (South Sound) near Olympia SQX01CR:  Mean daily DO values decreased by 0.9 mg/L from 10.4 mg /L.  9.3 mg/L. with a mean value of 9.5 mg/L. Salinity increased by 0.3 PSU with mean daily values rising from 27.5 to 27.8 PSU.  Temperature increased by 0.4  C with mean daily values rising from 12.2  to 12.6 C.
  35. 35. Puget Sound Water Masses and DO from our mooring: 6/7/11‐6/20/11 Left Panel: Probability of finding a specific density over the past two‐week period. High probability shown in warm colors.Right Panel: Dissolved oxygen concentration in relation to salinity. High probability shown in warm colors.
  36. 36. Mooring data from Squaxin Passage (South Sound) and Mukilteo (Whidbey Basin) confirming high DO concentrations and warming water
  37. 37. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to the Eyes Over Puget Sound email listserv by going to this link: http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi‐bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY‐EYES‐OVER‐PUGET‐SOUND We are looking for feedback to improve our products. Dr. Christopher Krembs ckre461@ecy.wa.gov Marine Monitoring Unit Environmental Assessment Program Ecology Thank you for your interest

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