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Water quality in the Puget Sound basin, Washington and British Columbia, 1996-98

February 1, 2001

Puget Sound basin streams during 1995-98 met most guidelines and criteria. Seventy-four manmade compounds were detected and different mixtures linked to land use. Urban expansion into forested areas is changing stream habitats--urban and agricultural streams are warmer and support less diverse insect populations than streams in forested areas. Elevated nitrate concentrations and the presence of manmade organic compounds indicated shallow ground water in urban and agricultural settings is vulnerable to contamination.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2000
Title Water quality in the Puget Sound basin, Washington and British Columbia, 1996-98
DOI 10.3133/cir1216
Authors James C. Ebbert, Sandra S. Embrey, Robert W. Black, Anthony J. Tesoriero, Alan L. Haggland
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1216
Index ID cir1216
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse

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