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If you live on or near the Salish Sea in western Washington state, this website is for you. The WSU Shore Stewards program provides 10 guidelines and other 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.

We hope you will join Shore Stewards today (it’s free) and voluntarily apply the best practices found on this website. When you become a Shore Steward you will receive our periodic newsletter in your inbox.

SUMMER 2022 NEWSLETTER! Learn the importance of the Dungeness crab and how derelict crab pots and the European green crab are threatening this species in the Summer 2022 edition of Shore Steward News.

You will find information on this site that will help you better protect your family and the investment you have made in your home or property. You will 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.

While all the valuable information provided here applies to all the shores in Washington, the Shore Steward program is supported the following counties around Puget Sound:

  • Clallam
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • Kitsap
  • Mason
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Pierce
  • Whatcom

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Rural Stormwater Solutions!Promo for

WSU Extension and the Washington Stormwater Center are excited to announce a new suite of educational materials to help landowners manage stormwater and reduce polluted runoff in rural areas.

All the materials are available on a new website: There are videos, fact sheets, a white paper, demonstration sites, a glossary of terms, and in-depth resources on the website. Topics include stormwater in rural areas, understanding site conditions, creating a site drainage map and options for management drainage.

The website provides resources for rural stormwater managers, property owners, and people interested in sustainable and beneficial ways to handle rainwater on their property.

Washington’s Water – and our new newsletter: Water Currents

Rain Gardens – a basic guide and resources for building and maintaining rain gardens in western Washington.