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 Aquatic & Marine Sciences 

Aquatic Lands 

DNR is the steward of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands and manages these lands as a trust for the people of Washington state. Aquatic lands are navigable lakes, rivers, streams, and marine waters, such as Puget Sound. DNR is directed by statue to manage state-owned aquatic lands through the following goals:

  • Encourage direct public use and access.
  • Foster water-dependent uses.
  • Ensure environmental protection.
  • Promote continuing production of renewable resources.
  • Allow suitable state aquatic lands to be used for mineral and material production.
  • Generate income from use of aquatic lands, consistent with the previous goals.

DNR scientists and researchers and their partners help DNR make science-based management decisions that improve and protect the long-term health of these aquatic lands.

Aquatic Land Leasing and other uses 
Using state-owned aquatic lands requires a use authorization from DNR. Learn more about leasing and using state-owned aquatic lands. 

Aquatic Resources Site Map
The site map provides links to all the major areas of responsibility in DNR’s management and stewardship of state-owned aquatic lands.
 


 Publications

Research

  Monitoring of Riparian and Aquatic Habitat in the Olympic Experimental State Forest: First Results and Research Opportunities  (6.50 MB  PDF)
Monitoring of Riparian and Aquatic Habitat in the Olympic Experimental State Forest: First Results and Research Opportunities - Presentation at the Stream Talk Seminar, OSU March 17, 2014

  Impacts of the Construction of the Brightwater Marine Outfall on Intertidal Biotic Communities  (1.16 MB  PDF)
Impacts of the Construction of the Brightwater Marine Outfall on Intertidal Biotic Communities

  Area of Eelgrass Depth Bands in Greater Puget Sound  (2.20 MB  PDF)
Area of Eelgrass Depth Bands in Greater Puget Sound

Reports

  Aquatic Lands HCP Presentation to the Board of Natural Resources October 7, 2014  (2.18 MB  PDF)
Presentation to the Board of Natural Resources on October 7, 2014 - Aquatic Lands HCP

  Eelgrass Stressors in Puget Sound  (3.38 MB  PDF)
Eelgrass Stressors in Puget Sound 2014 report

  WDFW Results of Cherry Point Herring Acoustic/Trawl Survey 2011   (167.0 KB  PDF)
WDFW Results of Cherry Point Herring Acoustic/Trawl Survey 2011

  Eelgrass Stressors in Puget Sound  (3.93 MB  PDF)
Eelgrass Stressors in Puget Sound

  Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve Pilot Nearshore Fish Use Assessment  (5.66 MB  PDF)
Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve Pilot Nearshore Fish Use Assessment

Maps

  Fox Island Creosote Debris Removal Project Map - Sept. 2013  (1.47 MB  PDF)
Fox Island Creosote Debris Removal Project Map - Sept. 2013

  West Bay Derelict Creosote-treated Piling and Overwater Structure Sites   (1.50 MB  PDF)
West Bay Derelict Creosote-treated Piling and Overwater Structure Sites. Project date: Jan-March 2013

  Map of proposed Skagit County Creosote Piling Removals - Jan. 2013  (2.83 MB  PDF)
Map of proposed Skagit County Creosote Piling Removals - Jan. 2013

  Nisqually Aquatic Reserve Fish Monitoring Sites - Nisqually Indian Tribe  (2.82 MB  PDF)
Nisqually Aquatic Reserve Fish Monitoring Sites - Courtesy of Nisqually Indian Tribe

  Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Map with tank location  (218.8 KB  PDF)
Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Map with tank location

Data

  Simplified Example of a Detritus-based Shallow Subtidal Food Web in the Puget Sound  (249.2 KB  PDF)
This is a visual Simplified Example of a Detritus-based Shallow Subtidal Food Web in the Puget Sound - in relation to the Nearshore Report.

  Potential Stressors in the Coastal Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest  (34.9 KB  PDF)
This is a visual representation of the potential stressors in the Coastal Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest and associated ecological, economic, and social impacts.

  Simplified Conceptual Model of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem  (375.9 KB  PDF)
This is a visual represenation of the Simplified Conceptual Model of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem.

  Underwater Light Availability in Westcott Bay  (1.36 MB  PDF)
Analysis of 2007-2008 data from three station's - April 2009.

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For General Questions and Information:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1100
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