Proposed Abstract Title

Integrating Science with Landowner Outreach to Increase Coastal Resiliency

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Integrating Science with Landowner Outreach to Increase Coastal Resiliency

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Shoreline armoring is identified as a Vital Sign of the health of Puget Sound by the Puget Sound Partnership. The Partnership adopted a recovery target of more armor removed than installed by 2020. The Northwest Straits Foundation’s (NWSF) mission includes restoration of nearshore habitats in the Northwest Straits region of the Salish Sea and the NWSF adopted a goal to restore one mile of shoreline by 2017. Removing unnecessary shore armor is a straightforward approach to restoring habitat forming processes and ameliorating the deleterious effects of shore armor on nearshore habitats. This project aims to influence private and public landowners to remove armor that is not necessary. NWSF, Coastal Geologic Services and the seven county Marine Resources Committees collaborated to identify feasible high benefit armor removal projects to focus a comprehensive outreach program to priority shoreline landowners in order to work towards our ultimate goals of armor removal and restoration of nearshore ecosystem processes.

A GIS-based assessment was used to identify feasible, high benefit armor removal sites where outreach efforts should be focused to attain landowner willingness to remove that armor. The outreach project provides landowners with science-based information and incentives to remove armor. Techniques include free workshops, free technical site visits, free engineered designs, and permitting assistance. To date, eleven workshops were held and 55 technical site visits were provided. Currently five armor removal designs have been developed for willing land owners. Armor removal at these sites will restore 2,430 feet of shoreline and sediment transport to 5.8 miles of down-drift shore.

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Integrating Science with Landowner Outreach to Increase Coastal Resiliency

2016SSEC

Shoreline armoring is identified as a Vital Sign of the health of Puget Sound by the Puget Sound Partnership. The Partnership adopted a recovery target of more armor removed than installed by 2020. The Northwest Straits Foundation’s (NWSF) mission includes restoration of nearshore habitats in the Northwest Straits region of the Salish Sea and the NWSF adopted a goal to restore one mile of shoreline by 2017. Removing unnecessary shore armor is a straightforward approach to restoring habitat forming processes and ameliorating the deleterious effects of shore armor on nearshore habitats. This project aims to influence private and public landowners to remove armor that is not necessary. NWSF, Coastal Geologic Services and the seven county Marine Resources Committees collaborated to identify feasible high benefit armor removal projects to focus a comprehensive outreach program to priority shoreline landowners in order to work towards our ultimate goals of armor removal and restoration of nearshore ecosystem processes.

A GIS-based assessment was used to identify feasible, high benefit armor removal sites where outreach efforts should be focused to attain landowner willingness to remove that armor. The outreach project provides landowners with science-based information and incentives to remove armor. Techniques include free workshops, free technical site visits, free engineered designs, and permitting assistance. To date, eleven workshops were held and 55 technical site visits were provided. Currently five armor removal designs have been developed for willing land owners. Armor removal at these sites will restore 2,430 feet of shoreline and sediment transport to 5.8 miles of down-drift shore.