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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

Trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound.


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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Nov 15 Storm Surge at Cama December 2, 2021
The Nov 15, 2021 extreme high winds coincided with a moderately high tide. Wind waves and storm surge swamped many neighborhoods on
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Linda Ade Ridder November 15, 2021
Linda Ade Ridder’s tenure as SWS Board President since 2016 ends this year. She will stay on the Board through 2022


HAZWOPER Training for Oiled Wildlife
December 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Story of Springer the Orca
December 9, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Live Music at Cama Center
December 10, 7:00 pm – 9:00 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
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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