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

Sound Water Stewards 2022 on the beach, monitoring, collecting data and working towards sustainability for the salish sea

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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.


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Honoring the Memory of Ed and Joanne Van Patten August 5, 2022
SPECIAL INVITATION: You might remember Ed and Joanne Van Patten, past active members of Beach Watchers and the South Whidbey
In Memoriam August 4, 2022
With sadness and appreciation, we remember two members who recently passed, Greg Bloom and Terry Skorheim, both of Camano Island,

Events Calendar

Stewards Needed for Low-Tide Beach Exploration
August 10, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Intertidal Monitoring photo Haystack Barnacle and Sponge
Stewards Needed for Low-Tide Beach Walk
August 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marine Education Pop-Up
August 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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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
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for SWS

When you buy this license plate, $28 of your fee benefits 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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