Sound Water Stewards are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, citizen science and stewardship.
An ethic of stewardship permeates all we do. SWS Stewardship Committee develops programs, events and projects in which Stewards serve as caretakers of near-shore habitats. In stewardship activities, we apply citizen science data to inform project and site selection and management.
Members: Do you want to get out on a beach? Sign up now for a 2021 Beach Cleanup near you!
Over the years, stewardship actions to preserve and enhance shorelines, beaches and habitat have included
- beach and near-shore clean-ups
- invasive plant removal
- planting of trees and native plants
- collecting fishing line (monofilament line)
- participation in the Orca Recovery month Eco-Challenge in October 2020, and the Earth Month Project Drawdown Eco-Challenge in April 2021
- Crabber Education
- Brand Audits (looking at the trash we collect to see which manufacturer made it in the first place)
- Camano 101: Living on an Island
New programs and projects that may be launched include Dog Poop Pick Up and Pet-Owner Education, derelict crab pot recovery and cleanup, sustainable island living program.
See Stewardship in Action:
6-8-2021 at Iverson Spit Preserve on Camano – attended by Scott, Bill, Terry, Ellyn, Jean, Joan, Julie, Stacey
4-20-2021 at Keystone West on Whidbey
“It was a lot of fun for me and I noticed big smiles on faces as I was leaving,” reports Anne T.
4-1-2021 at Barnum Point on Camano
“Nice to see credit in the local newspaper.”
3-18-2021 at Double Bluff on Whidbey