The beautiful San Juan Islands

Stormwater emptying into harbor

Photo – Brian Rader, Pollution Prevention Specialist

Canoe Journey

Photo – Swinomish Tribal Archive

Historical Lime Kiln

Orca with tanker

Photo – Chris Teren

Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii)


During 2012, the San Juan LIO channeled $39,000 from the Puget Sound Partnership and Tulalip Tribes to local organizations for projects to remove abandoned or endangered boats from San Juan County’s waters, to enhance oil spill readiness and response programs, and to restore salmon habitat.

Projects funded through the small grants program:

  • Derelict Vessel Prevention Program – to address the growing problem of abandoned and unlicensed boats sinking or otherwise causing pollution.
  • Oil Spill Readiness & Response Programs – to train local citizens to work as a team to protect marine environments and shorelines when there is an oil spill.
  • Salmon Restoration Project, Cultivation Program – to identify landowners interested in increasing the ecological value of their properties.
  • Marine Specimen Bank – to establish an ecological baseline for restoration goals,  especially if there is a large oil spill.
  • Marine Managers Workshop – to provide a meeting for marine managers from all around the region of the San Juans, including Canada, where they can work together and make plans to protect and restore the many ecosystems found in local marine waters.
  • Neighborhood Salmon Conservation Easement Program – to give landowners a means to work together to increase salmon conservation and habitat protection.

Each of these programs implements the top priorities identified in the San Juan Action Agenda.  In addition to local work, the San Juan LIO provides input into the development of regional strategic initiatives and state and federal funding policies.


Implementation Committee Meeting:

Bimonthly first Thursdays, 11:00 am -1:00 pm, 7/1, 9/2, 11/4
See San Juan County website Agenda Center for agendas and meeting links

Accountability Oversight Committee Meetings:

Schedule pending

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve, 10441 Bayview Edison Road, Mount Vernon



San Juan County Oil Spill Risk Consequences Assessment and Emergency Response Towing Vessel Cost Evaluation, March 2019