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Experts Only - Puget Sound Estuary

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Puget Sound - Our Estuary
Open your notebook to a new page, titled "Puget Sound - My Estuary." Write down everything you know about Puget Sound.
 
Next, click on the link below to read a timeline of Puget Sound.

Puget Sound Timeline

Now, read a little bit about why Puget Sound is such a great place to live! When you are finished, write down what you learned and any questions you still have in your notebook.

Puget Sound

More About Puget Sound

Experts - A Puget Sound Problem

Salmon are a very important part of the Puget Sound Estuary system. They lay their eggs in the rivers in the Puget Sound Estuary watershed. The young salmon spend time in the estuary until they are large enough to swim to the open ocean. Click on the link below to read more about salmon in Puget Sound (click on the links in the webpage, too).
 
When you are finished, write down what you learned about salmon in your notebook.

A Puget Sound Problem:
Your family went camping for the weekend. You put up your tent beside a creek in the Puyallup River Watershed. After you finished setting up camp, you were sweaty and hot and wanted to go for a swim in the creek. You walk over and notice that some other campers have blocked the creek by piling up rocks to make a swimming hole. You walk a little farther and notice that hardly any water is flowing down the creek because of the dam built by the campers.
 
In your notebook, write the new title "A Puget Sound Problem." Answer these questions about the scenario described above:
  1. Do you think it was a good idea for the other campers to create a swimming hole? Why or why not?
  2. How do you think the dam built by the campers will affect the estuary (think of all the estuary systems we have studied)?
  3. How do you think the dam built by the campers will affect the salmon?
  4. What will you do next? Include a description of any other information you would need to gather, and a detailed plan for what you would do.

Become an estuary expert!

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