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.
Over the course of this short-term project, the crew of 16 assessed nearly 27,000 stormwater structures in King County.
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.
King County has begun its seasonal monitoring of freshwater swimming beaches to ensure they are safe for recreation.