Overview

The first Sound Waters was held in 1994 and was a very small event.  It now attracts 500 to 600 people each winter, now always on the first Saturday of February at a location on Whidbey Island.  See 20+ years of Sound Waters below.

A typical Sound Waters

  • Keynote on a topic of importance to Puget Sound
  • Snack break – to mingle and network
  • Morning session – pick from 20 classes
  • Lunch and time to see a wide variety of exhibits and displays
  • Early afternoon session – pick from another 20 classes
  • Afternoon snack break
  • Mid afternoon session – pick from yet another 20 classes

Sound Waters through the years …

  • Sound Waters 2016 – Langley, WA – keynote by Dr Brian Atwater – “A Mud Geologist’s Trans-Pacific Detective Story”
  • Sound Waters 2015 – Langley, WA – keynote by Dr John Delaney – “Our Global Ocean – The Ultimate Planetary Life Support System”
  • Sound Waters 2014 – Oak Harbor, WA – keynote by Professor William Steele – “Earthquake Early Warning; Time to Act”
  • Sound Waters 2013 – Oak Harbor, WA – keynote by Professor Cliff Mass – “Global Warming’s Impacts on the Pacific Northwest: Separating Facts from Hype”
  • Sound Waters 2012 – Langley, WA – keynote by Dr. Joseph Gaydos – “Marine Science: Can it Help the Salish Sea?”
  • Sound Waters 2011 – Langley, WA – keynote by Dr Rick Keil – “Puget Sound: What’s In Our Water and Why Does It Matter?” (aka cinnamon and spice and things not so nice …)
  • Sound Waters 2010 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Dr Nathaniel Scholz, NOAA – “Stormwater, Salmon, and the Health of Puget Sound”
  • Sound Waters 2009 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Dr Mary Ruckleshaus – “A Sound Future”
  • Sound Waters 2008 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by David Dicks – “A Bold New Approach to Saving Puget Sound”
  • Sound Waters 2007 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Brad Ack – “An Agenda for a Healthy Puget Sound”
  • Sound Waters 2006 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Julia Parrish –  “Dead Birds Tell No Lies”
  • Sound Waters 2005 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Curtis Ebbesmeyer – “Adrift in Puget Sound”
  • Sound Waters 2004 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Russell Barsh – “The Coast Salish and the Ocean’s Edge”
  • Sound Waters 2003 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Andrea Copping – “Life on the Edge .. of North Puget Sound”
  • Sound Waters 2002 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Charles “Si” Simenstad – “Puget Sound Nearshore: ‘Bed and Breakfasts’ for Salmon”
  • Sound Waters 2001 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Allan Felsot – “Chemical Technology – Pregnant Chads, Red Herrings, Real Risks. Chemicals – can’t live without them, can’t live with them”
  • Sound Waters 2000 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Richard Gammon – “Global Warming and Climate Change in the Northwest”
  • Sound Waters 1999 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Brenda Peterson – “Land of Light and Water”
  • Sound Waters 1998 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Kelly Bartom-Bartok – “Orcas in our Midst”
  • Sound Waters 1997 – Coupeville, WA – panel on how government and citizens can better work together for Puget Sound
  • There was no Sound Waters in 1996.
  • Sound Waters 1995 – Coupeville, WA – keynote by Richard Gammon – “Ozone Depletion and Global Climate Change”
  • Sound Waters 1994 – Coupeville, WA – the very first Sound Waters – theme: What About Water

We are proud to be a Puget Sound Champion – honored for the tireless work of our volunteers over the years to put on this one day university for everyone.