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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 community science projects in action across Island County

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

Sound Waters University 2023

1 day of online classes 2/4, from Sky to Sea.

Washington field trips filling fast | Island & Skagit County

The 2023 theme is Resilience – from Old Growth Trees to the Life of the Salish Sea.

Become a Member

Watch the video to learn about training to become a member. We are now accepting applications for SWS 2023 Volunteer Education and Training (VET) ie Member Training program. Find details here.

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

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.


Camano Chamber Newsletter-Jan 27, 2023 January 27, 2023
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119 Pounds! January 26, 2023
Recently 10 pounds were delivered bringing the total to 119. Jill Hein says, \”It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s

Events Calendar

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SWS Membership Recruitment Begins
January 23, 8:00 am – March 3, 5:00 pm
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Eelgrass & Kelp Recovery Planning
January 31, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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WSU Beach CleanUp
January 31, 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.

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

Thank you to our Sponsors/Grantors