The people in the Water and Land Resources Division work on everything from the broadest environmental issues of our landscape, to the microscopic work that takes place in our lab.
Bugs play a crucial role in the stream nutrient cycle. If bug populations are suffering it will affect the whole ecosystem. That means that without bugs, growing fish have nothing to eat, and without fish, ocean predators have nothing to eat, and so on and so forth in a trophic cascade that is bad for everyone.
King County scientists identify unprecedented harmful algal bloom in Puget Sound that is of concern for fish.
The Marine Rescue Dive Unit removed a boat from Lake Geneva, disposed of it for $28, saving the Lake Geneva Management District money that could be used for improving water quality.
Watch a video of the SoundGuardian crew deploying and anchoring a water quality buoy in Puget Sound at Point Williams, off Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
This two-minute video contains underwater footage of sockeye salmon and Chinook salmon using a constructed channel at the Rainbow Bend Levee Removal and Floodplain Restoration Project on the Cedar River.
King County has begun its seasonal monitoring of freshwater swimming beaches to ensure they are safe for recreation.