Ecological Condition of the Estuaries of Oregon and Washington: An Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) Report
The overall quality of estuaries in Oregon and Washington is described in this report using data collected as part of the Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP). In EPA Region 10, Western EMAP is a cooperative effort between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD), EPA Region 10, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others. The coastal component of Western EMAP applies EMAP’s monitoring and assessment tools to create an integrated and comprehensive coastal monitoring program along the west coast. Water column measurements are combined with information about sediment characteristics and chemistry, benthic organisms, and fish to describe the current estuarine condition.