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Biosolids in Island County

What are Biosolids, and why should we care? WHAT: Biosolids are a fertilizer and soil conditioner made from human septage which has been filtered and aerobically digested, nearly eliminating pathogens. EPA requires all biosolids to be tested for heavy metals and pathogens. WHY SHOULD WE CARE? We all produce septage and it has to go somewhere. Currently biosolids are transported off island at a considerable cost (ie $700,000 in 2019). Click here to learn more about Biosolids, what they are, how they are applied, and what concerns exist.

Connecting People, Resources and Knowledge

WSU Extension programs connect the people and communities of Island County with the knowledge base of Washington State University to promote quality of life and advance economic well-being through fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.

County Programs


“HEALTHY FARMS” is the theme for the eighth annual Women in Agriculture Conference. Experience an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers. This is a one-day event held simultaneously at sites throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Washington.

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Women in Agriculture Conference

Join us for Inspiration, Knowledge and Networking

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Jan Holmes

The Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), Sound Water Stewards (SWS), and Washington State University (WSU) Extension Island County are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is open to all volunteers, regardless of membership to any one organization or institution, participating in or supporting science and outreach efforts related to protecting or restoring the coastal resources of Island County.

Nominations are requested for any and all individuals who have demonstrated their dedication and involvement in the many services, science and outreach efforts relating to the health of Island County’s marine environment. The objective of this award is to recognize volunteer efforts by selecting and publicly recognizing one who best demonstrates the contribution of all. Any and all volunteer efforts, whether as an individual or as part of a team should be recognized as adding to the collective wellness of the marine environment and the knowledge base of our marine area.

Start now by looking at the individuals with whom you volunteer. Take note of the contributions that they make to the total effort. Are they volunteers you enjoy working with? Are they dedicated, helpful and consistent in their approach and efforts to get the job done?

If so, fill out the Nomination Form and nominate them for this prestigious award!

Go to: nomination criteria

Go to: nomination form PDF

Nomination forms must be received by 4:30 PM Friday, January 17, 2020.

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Island County Master Gardeners

Educational Garden at Greenbank Farm


WSU Extension, Island County

406 N. Main Street
Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 639-6060


Tue 28

Island County 4-H Horse Leaders Meeting

January 28 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Feb 13
Feb 25

Island County 4-H Horse Leaders Meeting

February 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mar 12
Mar 14