Clean, fresh water is vital to our drinking water supply and our watershed creeks and wetlands. Natural flowing surface water and treated stormwater from impervious areas infiltrate into our ground water or drains to nearshore beaches and the Salish Sea. The County manages the quality and quantity of fresh water throughout the County via the “Clean Water Utility”, formerly known as the Storm Water Utility.
San Juan County has embraced the Leave No Trace Guiding Principles and Ethic to support Stewardship on the San Juan Islands. In all 50 U.S. States and more than 30 countries, The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT) is at work providing education to preserve our natural world.
To preserve in perpetuity areas in the county that have environmental, agricultural, aesthetic, cultural, scientific, historic, scenic or low-intensity recreational value and to protect existing and future sources of potable water.