"...the islands are places of peace.... [Our] economy...recognizes the rural, residential, quiet, agricultural, marine, and isolated nature of the islands." San Juan County Comprehensive Plan
The Quiet Skies Group is comprised of citizens and residents of San Juan County, Washington, who are concerned about excessive and disruptive noise in our skies due to the increasing placement of EA-18G Growler jets at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Read more...
Orca photo by: Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures, Natl. Geographic Creative. Photos of sheep in field and sunrise by Kristen Rehder. Photo of bicycle by CK. Group photo on Lopez island by Bill Evans. Other photos from Shaw Island and Port Townsend, Summer, 2019.
** NEWS **
October 25, 2019: Two articles about the Growler jet excessive noise problem: Noise over Olympic National Park. And Noise pollution hurts wildlife, but states have trouble turning down the volume. Read about noise effects in Washington. Please Save the Date: Nov 14...see below!
October 18, 2019: Save the Date: Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm at the Emmanuel Parish Hall, Orcas Island. Rhea Miller and Larry Morrell of the Sound Defense Alliance (SDA) will present the latest accomplishments and concerns of the Growler EA-18G jet over flights on San Juan County and the region. There will be a presentation, a Q & A time, and a call to action exercise with attendees. Refreshments will be served. An RSVP is helpful but not required at:
October 10, 2019. We know that our San Juan County skies are not quiet due to Growler Jets and that is why we ask you to report jet noise that annoys you. Now, take a look at the Growler Tracker of the National Parks Conservation Association. See if their noise reporting tool works for you when visiting Olympic National Park. Our shared purpose is to collect data that documents the disruption.
September 19, 2019: We have two new items for you. ‘We Are Collateral Damage’: More, Louder Jets Roil Military Communities. Read this article that describes communities in the West fighting the noise and pollution of Navy jet aircraft. And learn about another lawsuit against the Navy filed by residents of Whidbey Island.
September 8, 2019: The Navy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under pressure from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, will review the effects on the marbled murrelet of an increasing number of EA18-G Growler training flights out of Air Station Whidbey Island. See Seattle Times article.
August 19, 2019: Our Monthly Update describes a Call to Action to protest the late night Growler training schedule.
July 15, 2019: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announces a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the proposed expansion of Growler jet activities on Whidbey Island. Watch this VIDEO and read the NEWS RELEASE. Read our comprehensive UPDATE.
June 29, 2019: Announcing legislators' actions to amend legislation to include implement real-time noise monitoring. Please continue to contact legislators regarding need to monitor and mitigate excessive jet noise.
Listen to Larry Morrell, Exec Dir of the Sound Defense Alliance describe the issues around the Growler jet fleet located at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Produced June 9, 2019.
There's more. Go to News Archive...
San Juan County supports a web site that you can use to report excessive aircraft noise. The website address has changed. We had to do some adjustments, but it looks like it is in good shape now. It will look different! The website is:
You will find it may work better for you if you clear your history and cache on your browser. If you continue to have trouble, please contact:
Click here for tips on how to report jet noise.
Contact your legislators to tell them how jet noise affects you.