"The islands are places of peace.... exceptional natural beauty and healthy diverse ecosystems.... The air is fresh and clean.... [We] take appropriate action to assure healthy land and marine environments." 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. Snow photo by TM. Group photo on Lopez island by Bill Evans. Other photos from Shaw Island and Port Townsend, Summer, 2019.
San Juan County supports a web site for our Salish Sea and Olympic Peninsula region that you (YES, YOU!) can use to report excessive aircraft noise from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The website is:
Click here for tips on how to report jet noise.
** NEWS **
March 5, 2021: WATCH!!! NEW RESEARCH:
Tuesday, March 16, 4pm - 6pm: Growler Jet Noise Science Symposium: Implications of Noise from Navy Aircraft for the Salish Sea and Olympic Region. (Link below.)
San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University invite you to learn about Navy jet noise and impacts to humans and wildlife in the region.
Lauren Kuehne and Rob Williams will present from recently published scientific research and a panel discussion will follow, moderated by Ginny Broadhurst, Director of the Salish Sea Institute, with opportunities for questions from the audience.
Facebook event link:
Please share widely with your networks.
January 11, 2021: ACTION NEEDED: The Navy has applied to expand use from 5 State Parks to 29 parks over Puget Sound, tripling the number of training sessions, increasing the number of trainees per session and adding high angle climbing in Deception Pass State Park. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is considering the application at their regular meeting on January 28, 2021. A special meeting has been planned for January 26th from 4pm to 8pm to allow for public comments. You can express your opinion in writing to the Commission describing your park experiences and how you would be impacted if the commission allowed regular, unannounced Special Reconnaissance by US Navy Special Forces in state parks. Comment by January 26th by sending e-mail to For more information, go to:
December 23, 2020: Navy Begins Noise Monitoring Initiative at NAS Whidbey Island
December 18, 2020: Two letters to the Editor in the Seattle Times illustrate request for the Navy to leave the Olympic National Park in peace.
December 15, 2020: KING5 News ran this story on the effect of the Growlers over the Olympic Peninsula. Not sure how long this clip will be available, so take a look now: https://www.king5.com/article/tech/science/environment/new-studies-explore-navy-noise-over-olympic-peninsula-and-underwater/281-f58f36d9-aa8d-4b80-99cb-1710cbe92ddd
December 9, 2020: Read this Opinion in the Seattle Times regarding Growler Flights over Olympic National Park.
December 5, 2020: Read this new report, a study of Growler noise levels for humans and marine and terrestrial wildlife. Above and below: Military Aircraft Noise in Air and under Water at Whidbey Island, Washington. The study is also summed up in the Seattle Times: Navy Growler jet noise loud enough to reach orca pods even 100 feet underwater, new research shows
There's more. Go to News Archive...
February, 2020. Our neighbors on Whidbey Island report this:
"We were totally surprised by the Growlers at the Transportation Center in Coupeville today. The result was two crying children and the rest of us running for our cars to protect them.
The jets were the lowest I've seen at about 300 feet from the ground, turning hard and low, so we got all of the engine noise blown right at us. It took hours to calm the children down and our ears rang all afternoon.
Is this really what the Navy wants to do to our children?"
Contact your legislators to tell them how jet noise affects you.