Stormdrains and Starfish

September 28 2017

Expedition Video

Over the past two decades we've been documenting the environmental impacts of a dense and ever expanding population surrounding an inland sea. We have been following habitat destruction and restoration, the sea star wasting syndrome outbreak and tracking subsequent biodiversity shifts at local dive sites, stormwater pollution and marine debris impacting our precious Emerald Sea. It is now time to get more citizen scientists on board and bring the big picture together and grow public awareness on ALL fronts. It is our hope that by utilizing TRIDENT ROVs and cutting edge 360 filmmaking techniques we can survey and document many more sites, collect more video and data. With these visuals we hope to help support political action that focuses on Protecting and Preserving our precious emerald sea.

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September 28 2017

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Preparation Stage

Over the past decade or so my dive buddy Lamont and I have been filming and putting together a somewhat shotgun approach of projects (storm drains, starfish, visibility project, marine debris, etc...) to help build awareness for environmental issue in Puget Sound.


Now with the help of OpenROV and OpenExplorer we hope to bring all these together under one 'roof' so to speak along with a way to involve more citizen scientists and curious individuals and their observations. If you've been interested in observing your local waterways with a ROV but didn't want to build one from a kit, and/or were not ready to buy a TRIDENT sight unseen, we will be running a demo day or two in the not so distant future.

We will be looking to document both sides of the story, positive results from restoration projects (things like the kelp bed by the sculpture park) and negatives (increasing underwater garbage patch off Alki) and straight observations via video transects (seastar wasting syndrome and biodiversity shift follow up).

Standard diving, snorkeling, watershed and beach walking observations also wanted! If you want to be a contributor there will be a number of ways to get involved for curious folks of all ages! If you have a smart phone and can # an Instagram picture, we want you! If you can write coherently about your diving observations and your perceived changes over time, we want you! If you just want to cheer us on, and share a sick starfish picture once in a while, we want you! There will also be other non documenting skills needed, from beach mom to crafty to programmer types... This is about everyone finding a way to get involved that suits your needs, skills and availability. If this sounds like something you, your friends or family, your students , etc.. might want to be involved in, please follow our micro-expedition here.

If you have an idea for a ROV survey in the vicinity of Puget Sound please let me know via the comment section and it may take a bake sale to pay for gas money, but I'll see what we can do.

Expedition Background

Hi, my name is DiverLaura and I love Puget Sound


Over the past decade we've been documenting the environmental impacts of a dense population surrounding an inland sea. We have been following Habitat destruction and restoration, the sea star wasting syndrome outbreak and tracking subsequent biodiversity shifts at local dive sites, stormwater pollution and marine debris impacting our precious Emerald Sea. It is now time to get more citizen scientists on board and bring the big picture together and grow public awareness on ALL fronts. It is our hope that by utilizing TRIDENT ROVs we can survey and document many more sites and collect more video and data. With these visuals we hope to help support political action that focuses on Protecting and Preserving our precious emerald sea.