Orcasound lab is a cabled hydrophone array located near the shoreline of Haro Strait, the core summertime habitat of the endangered southern resident killer whales (SRKWs). In 2016–2017, we began to record data continuously on local hard drives and in 2018 are archiving both lossy and lossless data 24/7 in an AWS/S3 bucket. We discuss our statistical characterization of the soundscape from these continuous audio recordings, contextualized with the AIS data (to quantify sources of ship noise) and image data (to quantify sources of non-AIS boat noise). Of particular interest to ocean observatories are our methods of establishing non-anthropogenic acoustic baselines and then ranking noise pollution sources relative to these baselines. We explore the statistical consequences of selecting different averaging times (from seconds to years) and frequency band widths (spectrum to broadband levels) when computing baselines and pollution metrics, including “delta” metrics that may be most-relevant to SRKWs. Finally, we explain how soundscape analysis (with attention to tidal, diurnal, seasonal, or decadal time variations) could be implemented with cloud-based data in near-real-time and be enriched by citizen scientists interacting with a time-stamped live audio stream and other environmental data.