Welcome to the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program

The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program is a collaboration of state, federal, tribal and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, watershed groups, business, academic researchers, local integrating organizations, and other private and volunteer groups and organizations - all dedicated to monitoring environmental conditions in Puget Sound.  The objective of PSEMP is to create and support a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent approach to regional monitoring and assessment that builds upon and facilitates communication among the many monitoring programs and efforts operating in Puget Sound. PSEMP’s fundamental goal is to assess progress toward the recovery of the health of Puget Sound. (see About Us)

News and Announcements

  • PSEMP Strategic Plan Approved! Thank you to everyone who participated in discussions, helped review, and otherwise contributed to the 2018-2022 PSEMP Strategic Plan. The document was approved by the PSEMP Steering Committee on October 19, 2018, for final adoption at their November 13, 2018 meeting. The Puget Sound Partnership Executive Director also approves the plan and will support its implementation. Help spread the word and share with your networks. Work Group Leads, please circulate this announcement to your work group lists!Next Steps to Put the Plan in Motion The strategic plan outlines some next steps for PSEMP, including those that we can start pursuing now, and those that rely on additional funding and capacity to pursue. The process to develop 2019 work ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 1:06 PM by Jenna Judge
  • Indicators Evolution report released Sandie O'Neill and coauthors' report on "Indicators Evolution" is complete! Available hereThis report recommends a process to select and refine indicators of the biophysical condition of Puget Sound that follows the advice provided by the Washington State Academy of Sciences review panel in 2012. Applying this process, this report recommends changes to the Partnership’s portfolio of Vital Sign biophysical indicators.This report will be used by the Puget Sound Partnership to inform a "Vital Sign refresh" project that will begin later in 2018.  PSEMP participants and groups contributed to the Indicators Evolution report and will be invited to engage in the Partnership's project to revise Vital Signs and indicators.
    Posted Oct 10, 2018, 4:42 PM by Scott Redman
  • PSEMP Customer Interview Report Released In order to inform the development of a new Strategic Plan for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program, interviews of a cross-section of "PSEMP customers" were conducted. You can learn more about the process, key findings, and considerations in the final report prepared by ECO Resources Group (linked below).
    Posted Aug 21, 2018, 4:54 PM by Jenna Judge
  • Modeling Meets Monitoring On July 17, 2018, the PSEMP Marine Waters and Modeling Workgroups convened for a day of presentations and energetic discussion between modelers and empiricists working to better understand geophysical, hydrodynamic, and ecosystem dynamics at play in Puget Sound, and how we can use models and data to learn from and improve approaches to recovery. With 36 participants in person who stayed all day, and 10 more on the phone, the room was fuller than expected for a midsummer meeting, and conversations indicated there was a healthy appetite for follow up and more opportunities to bring together slices of the modeling and monitoring communities. You can read the meeting summary and see the presentations from the modeling groups here! Many thanks ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 11:49 AM by Jenna Judge
  • PSEMP has a new coordinator: Jenna Judge, Ph.D. Jenna Judge, Ph.D. has joined the Puget Sound Partnership staff as Monitoring Lead.  Over the next few months, Jenna will take on the role of primary staff coordinator for PSEMP.  Reach her at: jenna.judge@psp.wa.govJenna comes to Puget Sound from the San Francisco Bay area where she has been the coordinator for the NOAA Sentinel Site Cooperative for the past few years.  This experience will be directly applicable to her work with us and PSEMP as it has involved developing resources for and advancing dialogue among diverse stakeholder groups to connect science into the planning and implementation of strategies for sea level rise adaptation. Jenna’s work in San Francisco Bay has involved coordinating events ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 2:32 PM by Scott Redman
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