"...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 **
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.
April 17, 2020: A message from the Sound Defense Alliance:
Right now, the number one priority for our state and nation is to defeat COVID19. We all need to work together to stay healthy and save lives, both military and civilian. Working together provides us with the hope of restarting daily life soon, without fear.
Across Northwest Washington and the Salish Sea (Island, Jefferson, Skagit, San Juan’s and Clallam Counties), over 337,000 people are sequestered in their homes. Washingtonians from these counties are being impacted by the unrelenting Navy Growler jet noise because people are staying in the safety of their homes.
People suffering from illness and anxiety over loss of jobs and security and lives compromised or lost – do not need to suffer from the impacts of jet noise, too. Jet noise has real health impacts and Washington’s State Department of Health has declared noise a public health issue. Adding jet noise on top of the medical crisis of our lifetime is making this situation unbearable.
We worked with the Governor’s office to get the Navy to cancel training flights last Thursday and Friday, April 9th and 10th for the Easter/Passover holiday. The Navy listened. Now we need to lift the voices of people across NW Washington to ask the Navy to be a good neighbor.
Stop or move all FCLP’s and jet flight training over Washington State until May 4th. Thanks!
Please join us! Let the Navy and our elected officials that we all need to stand together!
The noise has been heartbreaking ---- You can help by calling or emailing today!
1. Captain Arny at 360-257-2345, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Governor Jay Inslee at 360-902-4111, https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/contacting-governors-office
Your email could be cc’d to:
Rear Adm. Stephen Barnett, Commander of the Northwest Region, Stephen.email@example.com
Senator Maria Cantwell, https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact
Senator Murray, https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme,
Representative Kilmer, http://kilmer.house.gov/
Representative Larsen, www.larsen.house.gov/
Representative Smith, www.smith.house.gov/
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.
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.