Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report

About this report

The Health of the Salish Sea Report is a collaboration between EPA and Environment Canada.

Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report

Executive Summary


Where is the Salish Sea?

Map of Salish Sea watershed.
Salish Sea watershed map courtesy of Western Washington University.

Indicator Status

Read our reports for each of the environmental measures - called indicators - that we're tracking.

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Air Quality
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Chinook Salmon
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Freshwater Quality
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Marine Species at Risk
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Marine Water Quality
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Shellfish Beaches
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Southern Resident Killer Whales
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Stream Flow
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Swimming Beaches
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Toxics in the Food Web


Legend

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Improving trend
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Neutral trend
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Declining trend

What's an Indicator?

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It's a gauge or point of reference - like your blood pressure is a gauge of your body's overall health. We can learn about an ecosystem's overall health by studying certain plants, animals, and other environmental indicators.


Sustainable Perspectives

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Throughout this report you will see references to "sustainable perspectives" which are based on traditional ecological knowledge. This knowledge is built over generations as people learn from the land and the sea they depend on for their food, materials, and culture. Learn more about traditional knowledge