Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Bulkhead Removal - Putting goals into practice

Description

Removal of shoreline bulkheads (also called shore armor, hardening, seawalls, and revetments) has been a high priority goal in most of the region’s management plans to restore nearshore processes, habitats, and species, including in a number of strategies and near-term actions by the Puget Sound Partnership. This talk is designed to lead the session of the same title by introducing the topic of bulkhead removal and putting in context of the decades of efforts past and what will be needed in decades to come. The focus will be on outlining early and current work and interactions to region-wide goals and science, lessons learned from experience gained working on 35 completed removal projects around the region (including almost all Puget Sound counties), and then emphasizing what has been learned and what needs to happen to scale up towards regional goals.

Examples will be briefly outlined from past and in-progress methods to prioritize bulkhead removal sites, successful methods for engaging private and other landowners and securing willingness for removal, brief case studies of a variety successful removal projects for habitat enhancement/restoration, as well as providing guidance based on detailed pre-and post-project monitoring and lessons learned from both a practical design and implementation viewpoint. The tide is turning with a significant increase in bulkhead removal projects in 2013-15, with more currently in design. However, getting landowner willingness and achieving real habitat improvement are challenges that require strong partnerships and building trust. The talk will be shaped to mesh well with accepted talks by other presenters in this session who have successfully implemented armor removal projects as well as having quantitatively monitored a similar number of projects.

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Jim Johannessen is the session leader for the "Bulkhead Removal – Putting goals into practice" session in the "Shorelines" track

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Bulkhead/armor removal – Putting goals into practice

2016SSEC

Removal of shoreline bulkheads (also called shore armor, hardening, seawalls, and revetments) has been a high priority goal in most of the region’s management plans to restore nearshore processes, habitats, and species, including in a number of strategies and near-term actions by the Puget Sound Partnership. This talk is designed to lead the session of the same title by introducing the topic of bulkhead removal and putting in context of the decades of efforts past and what will be needed in decades to come. The focus will be on outlining early and current work and interactions to region-wide goals and science, lessons learned from experience gained working on 35 completed removal projects around the region (including almost all Puget Sound counties), and then emphasizing what has been learned and what needs to happen to scale up towards regional goals.

Examples will be briefly outlined from past and in-progress methods to prioritize bulkhead removal sites, successful methods for engaging private and other landowners and securing willingness for removal, brief case studies of a variety successful removal projects for habitat enhancement/restoration, as well as providing guidance based on detailed pre-and post-project monitoring and lessons learned from both a practical design and implementation viewpoint. The tide is turning with a significant increase in bulkhead removal projects in 2013-15, with more currently in design. However, getting landowner willingness and achieving real habitat improvement are challenges that require strong partnerships and building trust. The talk will be shaped to mesh well with accepted talks by other presenters in this session who have successfully implemented armor removal projects as well as having quantitatively monitored a similar number of projects.