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Coordination with agencies and organizations in the Puget Sound Basin was integral to the success of this water-quality assessment. We thank those who served as members of our liaison committee.

Federal Agencies
Bureau of Indian Affairs
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Park Service
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service

Canadian Agencies
British Columbia Ministry of Environment
Environment Canada

State Agencies
Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Washington State Department of Transportation

Local Agencies
City of Auburn
City of Bremerton
City of Lacey
City of Olympia
City of Renton

City of Seattle
City of Tacoma
King County
Kitsap County
Pierce County
Seattle Public Utilities
Snohomish County
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Thurston County
Whatcom County

Native American Tribes and Nations
Lummi Tribe
Muckleshoot Tribe
Nooksack Tribe
Puyallup Tribe
Skokomish Tribe

University of Washington a
Washington State University

Other Public and Private Organizations
Adopt a Stream Foundation
People for Puget Sound
Thornton Creek Project
Washington Environmental Council
Washington Toxics Coalition

We thank the following individuals for contributing to this effort.

  • Gil Bortleson (USGS, Washington District) participated in the design of the study and authored several reports.
  • Dale Davis (Washington State Department of Ecology) was a partner and coauthor in the study of pesticides in streams.
  • Sue Davis (Thurston County), Mindy Fohn (City of Bremerton), Keith Grellner (Kitsap County), Ray Hanowell (Pierce County), Joe Joy (Washington State Department of Ecology), and Ginny Stern (Washington State Department of Health) helped in the design of the microbiological studies.
  • Annette Frahm and George Perry (King County) provided sales data for pesticides, conducted toxicity tests, and coauthored a fact sheet about pesticides in urban streams.
  • Kathleen Greene, Joseph Gilbert, Gary Holloway, Brett Smith, and Greg Justin (USGS, Washington District) played a major role in the collection and compilation of water-quality and streamflow data.
  • Emily Inkpen (USGS, Washington District) collected and compiled water-quality data and authored a number of reports.
  • Dr. James Karr (University of Washington) provided advice on the analysis of macroinvertebrate data.
  • Moon Kim, Raegan Huffman, Stephanie Leisle, Mark Munn, Steve Sumioka, and Ann Vanderpool (USGS, Washington District); Steve Goodbred and Terry Short (USGS, Western Region); Mariabeth Silkey and Michael Hummling (University of Washington); and Dave Serdar and Art Johnson (Washington State Department of Ecology) provided field support and assisted in data collection.
  • Hugh Liebscher and Basil Hii (Environment Canada) provided water level and chemistry data for wells in Canada.
  • Dorene MacCoy (USGS, Idaho District) helped collect and interpret biological data and helped produce a number of reports.
  • Rob Plotnikoff (Washington State Department of Ecology) provided macroinvertebrate and habitat data.
  • Dr. Mark Sobsey, Fu-Chih Hsu, and Douglas Wait (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) provided technical assistance and laboratory analyses for the microbiological study.
  • Ward Staubitz (USGS, Virginia District), project chief until April 1997, played a major role in the design of the study.
  • Ian Waite and Dennis Wentz (USGS, Oregon District) provided fish tissue data from the Willamette Basin, Oregon.
  • Frank Voss (USGS, Washington District) managed the project data base and produced a number of reports.

Appreciation is extended to those individuals who reviewed this report or helped prepare it.

Joe Joy, Washington State Department of Ecology
Cindy Moore, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Richard Ramsey, Staff to the Washington State Environmental Quality and Water Resources Committee
Dennis Wentz, USGS, Oregon District
Ginger Renslow, Editor, USGS, Washington District
Robert Crist, Illustrator, USGS, Washington District

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Suggested citation:

Ebbert, J.C., Embrey, S.S., Black, R.W., Tesoriero, A.J., and Haggland A.L., 2000, Water Quality in the Puget Sound Basin, Washington and British Columbia, 1996–98: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1216, 31 p., on-line at

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