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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.

New! The 2019 State of the Sound Report is out. While the report is clear that Puget Sound remains in grave trouble, there are some rays of hope. We hope you’ll check it out.

New! Fall 2019 – The latest Shore Steward Newsletter is a two-part series on microorganisms. The first article examines five different types of marine microorganisms and the ways in which they influence the world in which we live. In the second article, later this year, we’ll explore how human activity impacts marine microorganisms and learn what Shore Stewards can do.

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.

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.

Become a Shore Steward

We hope you will join Shore Stewards today 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 Spring edition of  the Shore Stewards News is out just in time for boating season. Boaters will learn ways to prepare their vessel and enjoy time on the water in a safe and sustainable manner.  Enjoy this edition and all the archived editions of the newsletter.

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.