Breaking news!  

WSU Skagit County Extension recently was awarded a $5000 grant from Puget Sound Energy as part of their Powerful Partnerships program. The WSU Skagit County Extension Shore Steward Program is one of 12 organizations selected across PSE’s 10-county territory to collaborate on events and activities focused on environmental stewardship and safety. Thanks PSE!

Have you heard about the Green Crab invasion? Learn about it and other species invading our shorelines in the latest Shore Stewards newsletter. Just click here to see the Spring 2017 newsletter and more.


Welcome to the Shore Stewards Program

If you live on or near the Salish Sea in western Washington state, this website is for you. The WSU Shore Stewards program provide guidelines and resources for living on or near waters of the Salish Sea regions, including Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, and lakes, rivers, streams, and coasts in the area.

On this site you’ll find information on how to manage water runoff, reduce erosion and landslides, and safely prune trees for a view, all to better protect your family and the investment you have made in your home or property. You will also learn how to protect water quality for the safety of your family by maintaining your septic system, dealing with pet and livestock waste and selecting landscaping that will reduce the need for fertilizers. You will find tips on harvesting and growing shellfish, protecting eelgrass while boating, preventing the spread of invasive species, water conservation and more.

Currently the Shore Steward program is supported in counties around Puget Sound including Clallam, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Skagit, and Pierce counties, but the valuable information provided here applies on all our shores.

We hope you will join Shore Stewards today and voluntarily apply the best practices found on this website. You may also download the new Guide for Shoreline Living booklet (3MB) for handy reference to the 10 Guidelines.  Shore Stewards: for the good of your family and the fish and wildlife living in and near our waters.