Many studies have been undertaken on Esquimalt Lagoon and its surrounding watersheds. Some of these have been sponsored by ELSI and undertaken by local professionals, others are student reports from Royal Roads University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria.

In 1997 a 2 year bird survey of Esquimalt Lagoon, Esquimalt and Victoria harbours, Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet was initiated. Every two months observers enumerated birds using the harbours and waterways, and results were compiled and presented on the Harbours Atlas (now part of the CRD Regional Map). Here is the original report:

Water Quality Monitoring

The latest water quality monitoring data for Esquimalt Lagoon is summarized here.

UVic Masters Thesis

Arielle Kobryn spent two years studying harmful plankton blooms and phytoplankton dynamics in Esquimalt Lagoon. Her thesis was published in 2012: