Who Makes Sound Waters Happen ?

Sound Waters was begun over 20 years ago by Island County Beach Watchers, a program of WSU Island County Extension. 

We are now our own independent organization, Sound Water Stewards  —  trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, community outreach, stewardship, and citizen science.

Over the past 10 years, our members have contributed an average of 20,000 hours annually …

  • collecting data on intertidal flora and fauna (extensive annual bio-assessment on 30-40 beaches, eelgrass along the intertidal zone, dead birds (COASST), juvenile salmon, forage fish, pigeon guillemots, water quality, shellfish monitoring,  …
  • sharing what we know with the public (of all ages) – as Beach Naturalists at many state parks, as Ship Naturalists, as teachers at the Outdoor Classroom; by planning special learning events for children; by giving talks and presentations throughout the county; by staffing booths at public events; by organizing events like Sound Waters; …
  • cleaning up the beaches, helping to plan for new stewardship areas like Port Susan, restoring streams, helping collect old tires, …

Sound Waters is our largest educational/outreach activity – from the late spring kickoff to the March post-mortem – our team of volunteers puts in over 3000 hours.

Each spring, a new class of 20+ volunteers take 100 hours of intensive classes on ‘all things Puget Sound’ …  read more