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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

Know Your Weeds

You are invited to a free public workshop on Friday, April 14 at Greenbank Farm to learn about Poison Hemlock, how to identify and how to remove it safely, led by Seth Luginbill, Island County Noxious Weed Control Coordinator. The workshop is at 10 am, followed by hands-on work party, 11 am to 1 pm, to learn and practice removing weeds for the benefit of Greenbank Farm. Future Workshops on 6/23 and 8/11.

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Sound Water Stewards in the Field Volunteering

Be a champion for the marine environment. Donate to support stewardship, education, and science. We’re able to do what we do because of donors like you, thank you!

Be a Champion for Sound Water Stewards


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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Washington Sea Grant receives $1.59 million to boost Puget Sound habitat March 23, 2023
Two projects led by Washington Sea Grant (WSG) will receive a total of $1.59 million through the Puget Sound
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IPCC issues AR6 Synthesis Report on Climate Change 2023 March 20, 2023
6th Assessment Report (AR6) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) The IPCC has finalized a years-long effort to

Events Calendar

Whidbey Waters – Whidbey Shores
March 1, 9:00 am – March 31, 6:00 pm
3-25-2023 Forest
Forest Health, Kevin Zobrist
March 25, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wonders of the Salish Sea 2023
March 27, 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, $28 of your fee benefits SWS and other environmental programs in Island County.

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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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