"...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
San Juan County supports a web site for our wider 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.
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.
** NEWS **
March 24, 2020: Since the Navy added 36 more EA-18G Growler jets at Whidbey Island, extreme noise events have increased dramatically in our region.
Noise reports for 2019 were 59% higher than the average of the previous 4 years. Noise reports for January and February of 2020 are 13% higher than January and February of 2019. Read the full report.
February 27, 2020. Read this LETTER from a local resident to Washington's Attorney General regarding Navy's releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) to public waters, with negative health effects to humans, wildlife, and drinking water resources.
January 15, 2020: The Annual Report of reported jet noise incidents is available HERE. Noise reports for 2019 were 59% higher than the average of the previous 4 years. Persons who live in, or who visit our region are invited to submit a jet noise report if they are annoyed by excessive jet noise.
December 12, 2019. You have seen the news. Jet noise monitoring is included in federal legislation. What does it mean? Get the story in our Monthly Update, and contact your legislators.
November 27, 2019: Article from the Islands' Sounder describes new issues related to the Growler jets that fly over us with excessive noise. Islanders Talk about Growlers.
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!
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.