Whidbey Watershed Stewards is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation working with the Whidbey Island community to promote watershed stewardship, habitat enhancement, and environmental education for all ages. Whidbey Watershed Stewards promotes nearshore and watershed health by linking water, land, wildlife and people on Whidbey Island through education, research, and restoration.
Our adventure began in 1991, when students and teachers from the South Whidbey Intermediate School imagined a stream site where they could release the salmon fry they had raised in a classroom aquarium and learn more about the local environment.
Educators, parents, and local experts collaborated to form Chums of the Maxwelton Salmon Adventure in December 1994, then brought the community together to realize the vision of the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom.
The Mission Expands
Recognizing that salmon are only one indicator of a healthy watershed, MSA’s mission soon broadened to concern for the whole watershed and all of its inhabitants. Our work included research and study, landowner assistance, creekside restoration with native plants, and watershed education for adults. We published A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed in 2002 to highlight the area’s history and stewardship efforts.
In 2006 we widened our focus again, realizing that what we learned about this small watershed and its relation to Puget Sound was repeated in watersheds around Whidbey. We began work in the Old Clinton Creek watershed, and in Glendale and now work in watersheds around the island, and changed our name to reflect the broader mission.
Our Tenth Anniversary booklet
(published June 2005)
details MSA’s accomplishments
through the early years.