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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.

The Winter 2022 edition of Shore Steward News is about reflections and resolutions for the coming year. Whether you want to get closer to nature, build a compost pile, learn about native plants or volunteer, now is the time to think ahead and plan your year. Also, don’t miss the Fall 2021 edition where we share the amazing story of how local scientists discovered what is killing our coho salmon.

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

Other Resources

You might also be interested in our other water websites:

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.