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1 Long-term Marine Monitoring in Willapa Bay WA State Department of Ecology Marine Monitoring Program

2 Ecology s Marine Waters Monitoring Program Goal: establish and maintain baseline environmental data Characterize variability of basic water quality in space and time Identify significant changes in trends Collect data to support management Provide data for modeling and to the public

3 Ecology s role Holmes Harbor, Whidbey Island plankton bloom in Sept. 06; courtesy of J. Bos Marine sediment monitoring Annual sampling of Puget Sound Water quality, infaunal species, porewater toxicity, heavy metals, and organics Marine waters monitoring Monthly surveys by float plane Water quality (e.g. temp, sal, sigma-t, D.O., chl a, ph, turbidity, nutrients, fecal colliform) Profiles using SBE CTD and discrete sampling Intensive sampling on cruises for focused projects Continuous in-situ data from moorings

4 Long-term marine waters monitoring stations for 2006 Historical monitoring since 1973 Mooring data in Willapa Bay since 1997 Moorings

5 46 45'0"N 46 40'0"N 2008 Marine Profiles 1 - Willapa Bay Ecology monitoring stations in Willapa Bay 46 35'0"N = monthly flight station 46 30'0"N 46 25'0"N = continuous mooring station 46 20'0"N 124 5'0"W 124 0'0"W '0"W '0"W '0"W '0"W

6 Willapa Bay Moorings Objective Assess tidal and seasonal change due to river and ocean influences Method Measure temperature, salinity, & fluorescence (proxy of chlorophyll concentration) Moorings sample nearsurface every 15-min and travel with tide Serviced every 4 6 wks

7 Willapa Bay Historical Data: Seasonal Trends temp (degc) & salinity (PSU) Daily averaged parameters from Bay Center mooring in Willapa Bay, Aug Jan Temperature Salinity Chl-a chlorophyll (ug/l) 0 0 Jul- 97 Jul- 98 Jul- 99 Jul- 00 Jul- 01 Jul- 02 Jul- 03 Jul- 04 Jul- 05 Jul- 06 Jul- 07

8 Summary of findings for Willapa Bay Annual cycle varies much more than Pacific Ocean waters and varies by season. Ocean influence in summer and river influence in winter. Strongly affected by interannual climate variation, including El Nino and La Nina patterns. Summaries from (Siegel and Newton, 2001)

9 Summary of findings for Willapa Bay The influence of climate conditions show up in the physical data. Tides and winds have a strong role in mixing vs. stratification of the water column. Low dissolved oxygen does not appear to be a problem in Willapa Bay, but is observed periodically. Phosphorus may be important to phytoplankton production.

10 One implication of findings Harmful algal bloom (HAB) development Toxic diatom species (Pseudonitzschia spp.) that produce domoic acid are associated with influx of ocean waters into estuary Bloom extent depends on light and nutrient concentrations (Roegner et. al, 2002; Trainer et. al, 2002) Microscope photo of toxic diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia australis (from NOAA)

11 Another use of data environmental data for shellfish growers Temperature related to spawning and mortalities Low salinities (more fresh water) can weaken shellfish Chlorophyll estimates phytoplankton biomass; food needed for shellfish growth

12 Real-time data for public use Planned addition of Willapa Bay mooring to real-time network Using Bluetooth and radio technology to broadcast data to computer and post to internet By the end of this summer (2008) Bay Center mooring

13 Telemetry for Bay Center mooring NANOOS Pilot Project Web Page OHSU- CORIE Server Antennas Solar panel Radio/battery enclosure Base Station SeaBird SBE16+ (temp, sal, chl))

14 For more information: Stephanie Jaeger (360) Washington Dept. of Ecology Environmental Assessment Program

15 Real-time Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers in the Pacific NW A Pilot Project Cathy Angell, Coastal Training Program Coordinator Padilla Bay NERR

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18 Kachemak Bay Reserve Padilla Bay Reserve South Slough Reserve

19 Pilot Project Making Real-Time Water Quality Data available to Shellfish Growers

20 NORTHWEST ASSOCIATION OF NETWORKED OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEMS

21 NANOOS Website

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23 Oceanic Remote Chemical -Optical Analyzer ORCA BUOY

24 Pacific Shellfish Institute Pacific Coast Shellfish Grower s Association

25 Needs Assessment Survey

26 1. Temperature (99%) 2. Dissolved Oxygen (97%) 3. Salinity (96%) 4. Chlorophyll (92%) 5. Turbidity (89%) 6. ph (83%)

27 Website with near-real time data (98%) Website that graphs historic data (97%) Website that plots time-series of recent data (95%)

28 Automatic alerts when conditions rise above or fall below certain thresholds (87%) Automatic s - weekly data (66%)

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