"...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. 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 **
October 1, 2020: Thanks to so many folks for participating in the ZOOM Growler Update on Sept 30. Following up on requests, we have the presentation with the flight maps available for you. Click on MAPS. Stay Connected and Stay Strong!
September 20, 2020: From the Natl Parks Conservation Assoc regarding the Growler flights over Olympic National Park, and the flights to and from that area: The Navy just released its final decision on their Northwest Training and Testing plans. Take a look for yourself at the Navy’s document, then drop a letter to your newspaper, social network and elected official asking the Navy to protect America’s people and parks by flying elsewhere.
September 14, 2020: The number of jet noise reports from residents of the Salish Sea region continues to grow. See the July-August data report.
September 4, 2020: This letter from a Whidbey Island resident makes a point many of us feel. The Navy at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is out of line with the excessive jet noise and overflights we experience in this region.
June 4, 2020: Please use this Aircraft Noise Reporting Website to report jet noise from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island that is bothering you. This data is analyzed frequently and reported to elected officials. If you need tips on how to report jet noise, click here.
May 12, 2020. Read Rep. Larsen's letter to Acting Secretary of the Navy McPherson regarding Real Time Aircraft Noise Monitoring Plan required by the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
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.