Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Shoreline Monitoring: Citizen Science, Restoration Effectiveness, and Data Integration

Description

Monitoring efforts to restore physical and biological functions along developed shorelines can take many forms and be influenced by monitoring goals, the scope and scale of the project, and available resources. The Powel project in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island, Washington, had regional significance because of its scale (removing 1544 lineal feet of armor), the diversity of types of armor and shoreline, and its private ownership, but it lacked the funding to support a broad, long-term monitoring program. Not willing to let the opportunity pass without some effort to gather as much appropriate information as possible about the impact and effectiveness of the project, the project sponsor (Bainbridge Island Land Trust) partnered with Washington Sea Grant, the UW and WSU Kitsap Extension, and local volunteers to establish and adaptively manage a project to collect physical and biological information before and after construction. Volunteer support of the project allowed for the collection of more information over a longer period of time with fewer resources than would have otherwise been possible. Volunteer contributions also lead to practical and creative adaptation of monitoring that improved the outcomes and provided additional information. With a year of data collection prior to construction and three years after, changes have been documented, lessons have been learned, and motivation is even stronger to continue observing the project long-term.

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Volunteer-assisted monitoring of a significant private bulkhead removal

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Monitoring efforts to restore physical and biological functions along developed shorelines can take many forms and be influenced by monitoring goals, the scope and scale of the project, and available resources. The Powel project in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island, Washington, had regional significance because of its scale (removing 1544 lineal feet of armor), the diversity of types of armor and shoreline, and its private ownership, but it lacked the funding to support a broad, long-term monitoring program. Not willing to let the opportunity pass without some effort to gather as much appropriate information as possible about the impact and effectiveness of the project, the project sponsor (Bainbridge Island Land Trust) partnered with Washington Sea Grant, the UW and WSU Kitsap Extension, and local volunteers to establish and adaptively manage a project to collect physical and biological information before and after construction. Volunteer support of the project allowed for the collection of more information over a longer period of time with fewer resources than would have otherwise been possible. Volunteer contributions also lead to practical and creative adaptation of monitoring that improved the outcomes and provided additional information. With a year of data collection prior to construction and three years after, changes have been documented, lessons have been learned, and motivation is even stronger to continue observing the project long-term.