COUPEVILLE, Wash. — Camano Island resident and longtime WSU Beach Watchers volunteer Barbara Brock has been named Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year.
The Island County Marine Resources Committee and Washington State University Island County Extension award the annual honor to recognize a volunteer “engaged in service, science or outreach related to the health of Island County’s marine environment.”
As a WSU Beach Watcher volunteer since 2002 Brock helped create the Shore Stewards program and assisted in planning and leading shoreline community workshops on marine stewardship. She also is a Friends of Camano Island Parks board member, helped create and win adoption of the Camano Island Non-Point Pollution Plan and is a member of the Island County Non-Point Pollution Committee.
In its nomination the Camano Beach Watchers Steering Committee said Brock was nominated because of “her tireless efforts in about everything related to coastal activities on Camano Island, as well as all of Island County, and for her leadership by example.”
“She is a continued protector of Island County’s shorelines and salmon, a dedicated educator, and a very important part of most county programs or committees that are dedicated to the health of our waters, both fresh and marine.”
The award was announced recently at the WSU Island County Beach Watchers’ 16th annual Sound Waters one-day university.