"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...
Photos on this page change. Orca photo by: Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures, Natl. Geographic Creative. Photos of goldfinch, 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 **
July 12, 2021: Jet noise reports for the first half of 2021 have been increasing and stand at 76% of the number that were recorded for all of 2020. Review the report here.
June 29, 2021: In 2015, in response to community concern about noise from the growler jets located at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, San Juan County set up a jet noise reporting website. In 2019 access to the website was shared with the wider region. Use this website to report excessive jet noise. See the reports the data generates. You may also use the Navy's comment line, but does it really make a difference? See: "Navy noise complaint data lost in glitches."
March 19, 2021: News Report on Web Symposium on Growler Jet Noise Impacts. Read it here. You can also watch the recording of the Symposium: https://alumni.wwu.edu/event/salish-sea-science-symposium-implications-noise-navy-aircraft-salish-sea-and-olympic-region
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...
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.