Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Urbanized coastal ecosystems

Land-based influences on the ecology of coastal
freshwater and marine ecosystems in Puget Sound

More than 3.5 million people call the Puget Sound region home, with an additional influx of 1.5 million expected over the next 30 years. Much of Puget Sound's popularity can be traced to the benefits people get from its natural ecosystems -- inclusive of its beauty and its bounty. As more and more people move to the region, human activities will increasingly influence its natural ecosystems, potentially altering the features that make it a place we call home. If we want to sustain the region's natural assets (e.g., views, clean air and water, edible seafood, outdoor recreation), it is important to understand how these influences will play out, and if they connect across land and sea.

Learn more about urban streams
The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Encyclopedia of Puget Sound
The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site EPA watersheds website
The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Puget Sound Regional Council (population growth)
The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site The Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project


Multimedia

  • Map of Puget Sound showing study sites and population densities around different cities.