Sound Water Stewards of Island County


A healthy marine environment as defined by diverse natural ecosystems and sustainable human communities.

Who We Are

Our volunteers are a community of like-minded people who care deeply for our natural environment, and enjoy learning together and socially with one another to celebrate what we have accomplished while continuing to learn how to be better stewards.

Proceeds from Sound Waters University, our largest educational fundraiser, defray the event costs and support Sound Water Stewards year-round programs in community education, science, and stewardship; focus areas include healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries, ocean literacy, sea level rise, phytoplankton and toxin studies, estuary restoration, shoreline health (eelgrass, bull kelp), bluff erosion, and much more.

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Sound Water Stewards supports highly trained volunteers to do education, outreach, citizen science and stewardship to sustain a healthy Puget Sound environment. We have partners in and around Island County with active chapters on both Whidbey and Camano Island. Our partnerships include researchers, governments, tribes, universities, state and local parks and other nonprofit organizations that focus on work in the Salish Sea. Sound Water Stewards, formerly Island County Beach Watchers, became an independent nonprofit organization in 2016.