"...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.
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February 13, 2020: Take note! Rep. Rick Larsen invites constituents to meet him for a Presidents’ Day Town Hall meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Station in Eastsound. This is an opportunity for Larsen to hear directly from constituents about important issues in an informal setting. Let him hear how the growler jets are impacting you. ****** Plans are in the works for a meeting on Orcas in April to discuss Growler jet impacts. More details will follow....
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!
October 18, 2019: Save the Date: Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm at the Emmanuel Parish Hall, Orcas Island. Rhea Miller and Larry Morrell of the Sound Defense Alliance (SDA) will present the latest accomplishments and concerns of the Growler EA-18G jet over flights on San Juan County and the region. There will be a presentation, a Q & A time, and a call to action exercise with attendees. Refreshments will be served. An RSVP is helpful but not required at:
October 10, 2019. We know that our San Juan County skies are not quiet due to Growler Jets and that is why we ask you to report jet noise that annoys you. Now, take a look at the Growler Tracker of the National Parks Conservation Association. See if their noise reporting tool works for you when visiting Olympic National Park. Our shared purpose is to collect data that documents the disruption.
September 19, 2019: We have two new items for you. ‘We Are Collateral Damage’: More, Louder Jets Roil Military Communities. Read this article that describes communities in the West fighting the noise and pollution of Navy jet aircraft. And learn about another lawsuit against the Navy filed by residents of Whidbey Island.
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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 address has changed. We had to do some adjustments, but it looks like it is in good shape now. The website is:
You will find it may work better for you if you clear your history and cache on your browser. If you continue to have trouble, please contact:
Click here for tips on how to report jet noise.
Contact your legislators to tell them how jet noise affects you.