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Stewardship Projects

Stewardship projects include

  • Beach/Litter Cleanups – find dates in our events calendar
  • Monofilament Fishing Line Collection & Recycling
  • Large marine debris surveys for COASST
  • Newsletter articles informing members and supporters about actions they can take

See where we work

Check out our interactive map showcasing all our projects across Whidbey and Camano Islands.


Jan Holmes Coastal Volunteer Of the Year Award

ABOUT THE JAN HOLMES ISLAND COUNTY COASTAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Jan Holmes
Jan Holmes

The Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award is named to honor the memory of Jan Holmes, an Island County resident and WSU Island County Beach Watcher/Sound Water Steward who was an exemplary marine scientist, educator and champion for stewardship of the marine environment.

In recognition of the continuing need for volunteers to carry on this important cause, the Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to one individual engaged in service, science or outreach relating to the health of Island County’s marine environment and whose work adds to knowledge about and/or protection of county marine waters and coastal resources.

Nominations are open to anyone, regardless of organization or affiliation. The intent of the award is to encourage and recognize the achievements of volunteers who work to understand, protect and restore the marine waters and coastal resources of Island County.

The award is sponsored by the Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), Sound Water Stewards (SWS), and Washington State University (WSU) Island County Extension. A committee representing the three sponsoring organizations selects one winner. The award is presented during the opening ceremonies of Sound Waters, an annual one-day university held on the first Saturday in February.


Award Winners

Karis Barnes
Karis Barnes 2021 Winner
Nicole Luce
Nicole Luce 2020 Winner
Jane Dubpernell
Sandy Dubpernell 2018 Winner
Connie Clark
Connie Clark 2017 Winner
Bob Gentz
Bob Gentz 2016 Winner
Ken Urstad
Ken Urstad 2015 Winner
Jill Hein
Jill Hein 2014 Winner
Phyllis Kind
Phyllis Kind 2013 Winner
Sammye Kempbell
Sammye Kempbell 2012 Winner
barbara brock
Barbara Brock 2011 Winner