River otters of the Green-Duwamish: biomonitors of ecological health

Category: Wildlife Research

Published: 2019

Pages: 4

Author(s): Michelle Wainstein, Fred Koontz, Bobbi Miller, Gina Ylitalo, Bernadita Anulacion, Daryle Boyd, Sandra O’Neill, Philippe Thomas, Cornelya Klutsch

  • Scat samples suggest high levels of contaminants in river otters in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site, with levels declining upriver.
  • Contaminants data provide a baseline and establish the value of otters as biomonitors in assessing ecological impacts of upcoming cleanup efforts.

Suggested citation

Wainstein, M., Koontz, F., Krembs, C., Ylitalo, G.M., Anulacion, B., Boyd, D., O'Neill, S.M., Thomas, P., and Klutsch, C. (2019) River otters of the Green-Duwamish: biomonitors of ecological health p. 18 in 2018 Salish Sea Toxics Monitoring Synthesis: A Selection of Research. Edited by C.A. James, R. Jordan, M. Langness, J. Lanksbury, D. Lester, S. O’Neill, K. Song, and C. Sullivan. Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Tacoma, WA. 88 pp: https://www.eopugetsound.org/articles/2018-salish-sea-toxics-monitoring-synthesis