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

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


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.

Baby Salmon Live Here

Get ready for a fin-tastic summer! Partnering with SC Gives, Sound Water Stewards introduces a new educational event series happening from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Camano Island.

Join in the fun! Grab a BINGO sheet, participate in as many salmon steward activities as you can, and enter to win prizes! Activities include: state park ranger talks, becoming a salmon scientist, trivia night, 2024 KidsFest, highlighting local salmon restoration projects, and so much more!

By the end of summer you’ll be a salmon expert- ready to spread the word that yes, “Baby Salmon Live HERE”!


Save the Salish Sea!

Volunteering or donating money to
support nonprofit groups helps everyone in the community. From Puget
Sound to the Palouse, the Cascades to the Columbia River, great things
happen for everyone when you give what you can. Get that GIVING feeling!


July 19, 2024
Leadership, expertise, connection, teaching, dedication, follow through, collaboration, excellence, patience, thoughtfulness these words describe Dave and Linda Brubaker.
July 6, 2024
Mitch was in the Beach Watchers class of 2012 — a bright light and very active in BW training and in
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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, $28 of your fee benefits SWS and other environmental programs in Island County.

Osmundia Seaweed
Seaweed, seagrasses, Invertebrates

Use the EZ-ID Guide to identify marine species – including sponges, anemones, crustaceans and nudibranchs.

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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