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Our Impact

Sound Water Stewards—tracking the numbers

We train volunteers to work in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable marine environment through education, science, and stewardship.

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300 +

Sound Waters University attendees

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Acres of Bull Kelp monitored

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Active projects

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Hours annually

How We Help Partner Organizations

Our work with partner organizations helps researchers collect data about the health of our environment and surrounding waters.

Asian Hornets

Murder Hornet


The number of traps set across Island County to capture this non-native, harmful species as part of a program with the Washington State Department of Agriculture

Mussel Watch

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Mussels bagged by volunteers. 400 bags of mussels were prepared for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Forage Fish

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Around Island County, we collect samples monthly from beach substrate to look for eggs. Samples are stored in a fixative and sent to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Sound Toxins

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Every week we collect algae samples that can produce deadly toxins in shellfish. Work performed in collaboration with the Washington Sea Grant

Actions We Take as Stewards

Our work in Stewardship helps to remove items that do not belong in our marine ecosystems.

Beach Clean Up

Keystone Cleanup crew

1,000+ lbs

Volunteers regularly clean up beaches at multiple sites around Island County.

Fishing Line Collection

Piles of Monofilament Fishing Line

100+ lbs

Sound Water Stewards collected over 100 lbs of just fishing line from our shores and beaches.