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The usefulness of environmental data collected within a region greatly increases if data from different monitoring and research efforts are directly comparable.   

Within the Puget Sound region, environmental agencies are attempting to improve the quality and consistency of the environmental information through the use of various Puget Sound protocols and guidelines.

These protocols and guidelines consist of procedural descriptions that encourage, where possible, use of well-defined and consistent methods for sampling and analyzing environmental data.

The current protocols and guidelines address the following topics:

The protocols play an important role in the work of the Puget Sound Assessment and Monitoring Program (PSAMP). Agencies responsible for collecting data used in the PSAMP follow the protocols and guidelines. Additional studies and data from other investigations or outside agencies are used to supplement the PSAMP data to get a better picture of long-term trends. Such data are more readily compared to the PSAMP data if the protocols are followed.

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