Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Upping the Action: Regional Climate Change Abatement

Description

In contrast to other coastal communities in the United States and Canada, Washington State discusses armoring almost exclusively on the impact to habitat and not on its relationship to sea level rise and storm impacts. Guidance and outreach has been developed to promote soft shorelines as an alternative shoreline stabilization method to improve habitat value. In this session you will learn about a national movement to promote the concept of Living Shorelines, or soft shorelines, to create more resilient coastal communities. NOAA defines the concept as “a range of shoreline stabilization techniques along estuarine coasts, bays, sheltered coastlines, and tributaries… Living shorelines maintain continuity of the natural land–water interface and reduce erosion while providing habitat value and enhancing coastal resilience.” This session will examine research that demonstrates benefits of living shorelines to address resiliency. Information will be provided about different aspects of the national conversation about living shorelines including how the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed design guidance called Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering (SAGE); discussions by federal agencies to develop streamlined permitting to encourage living shorelines; development of education and outreach materials to promote living shorelines. It will be demonstrated how these efforts tie directly in with Washington State soft shoreline efforts. Examples will be provided about how outreach and education to shoreline homeowners can incorporate these resiliency concepts along with protection of habitat in the Salish Sea.

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Additional information about Living Shorelines and SAGE:

http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/pdf/noaa_guidance_for_considering_the_use_of_living_shorelines_2015.pdf

https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/_/pdf/living-shoreline-brochure.pdf

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Living Shorelines - a national movement to encourage soft shorelines to address resiliency

2016SSEC

In contrast to other coastal communities in the United States and Canada, Washington State discusses armoring almost exclusively on the impact to habitat and not on its relationship to sea level rise and storm impacts. Guidance and outreach has been developed to promote soft shorelines as an alternative shoreline stabilization method to improve habitat value. In this session you will learn about a national movement to promote the concept of Living Shorelines, or soft shorelines, to create more resilient coastal communities. NOAA defines the concept as “a range of shoreline stabilization techniques along estuarine coasts, bays, sheltered coastlines, and tributaries… Living shorelines maintain continuity of the natural land–water interface and reduce erosion while providing habitat value and enhancing coastal resilience.” This session will examine research that demonstrates benefits of living shorelines to address resiliency. Information will be provided about different aspects of the national conversation about living shorelines including how the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed design guidance called Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering (SAGE); discussions by federal agencies to develop streamlined permitting to encourage living shorelines; development of education and outreach materials to promote living shorelines. It will be demonstrated how these efforts tie directly in with Washington State soft shoreline efforts. Examples will be provided about how outreach and education to shoreline homeowners can incorporate these resiliency concepts along with protection of habitat in the Salish Sea.