Puget Sound Priority Ecosystems Science

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Puget Sound Priority Ecosystem Science (PES) supports interdisciplinary ecological research in the Puget Sound, Washington, watershed and nearshore.

Puget Sound Priority Ecosystem Science (PES) supports interdisciplinary ecological research in the Puget Sound, Washington, watershed and nearshore. USGS research is coordinated with and informed by close collaborations with federal, tribal, state, and local partners leading salmon and nearshore recovery efforts. Puget Sound PES studies link both the ecosystem services and detrimental aspects of sediment and associated contaminants to natural hazards management (e.g., channel aggradation and flooding, shoreline erosion), habitat function and restoration, and other societal concerns. From assessing the effects of tidal restoration and dam removal on salmon recovery in the Nisqually River Delta and Elwha River to modeling the flow of sediment through nearshore habitats and impacts of associated contaminants on marine food webs, USGS science is being used to guide restoration and management decision-making for ecosystems and human health and wellbeing. Puget Sound PES addresses goals of the USGS Science Strategy, Puget Sound Federal Task Force Action Plan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program, and Northwest Fisheries Indian Commission.

Graphic to demonstrate the integrated, process-based research approach.