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Check out our media gallery, get tools, resources, data and more

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Use our interactive map to see citizen science projects in action across Island County

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Learn how we’re working for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment

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Sound Waters University 2022

Save the Date February 5, 2022!
A journey of discovery about our beautiful natural world and the Salish Sea. Find out more.

Become a Volunteer

We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2022. Watch the video to learn more about training to become a member.


A healthy marine environment as defined by diverse natural ecosystems and sustainable human communities.


Trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable marine environment through education, science, and stewardship.


Beach Log Posted January 25, 2022
The Winter 2022 edition of Beach Log, SWS Quarterly e-newsletter to members, friends, allies, partners, interested persons (about 2000 in all) was
Whatcom Plastic Recycling January 24, 2022
Turning Plastic Rope Found on WA Beaches into Crab Gauges read the news article here:


Sound Toxins Annual Meeting
January 26, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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MRC Kelp Kayak Survey Update
January 26, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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“Storming the Sound”
January 27, 9:00 am – 9:00 am
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Getting to the Water’s Edge

A field guide to shoreline access and facilities, parks, marine life, stewardship, and natural history of Island County, Washington.

Washington State Lighthouse License Plate
Help Drive Support
for SWS

When you buy this license plate for $28, proceeds benefit SWS and other environmental programs in Island County.

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Sound Waters

Choose from a wide variety of informative classes, from climate change to birds, whales, coastal geology and so much more.

Our Work by the Numbers

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Active Volunteers

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Active Projects

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Species Monitored

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