Presenter/Author Information

Susan Key Ms, San Juan County, WA, USAFollow

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Going Beyond Regulations to Green Our Shorelines

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Previous work done by the San Juan Initiative (2006-2008) found:

1) Current regulatory protection programs are turning people off and our education and incentive programs are not meeting the needs of the ecosystem or shoreline property owners.

2) There is a lack of accountability to ensure that people and government successfully carry out their responsibilities in a way that results in ecosystem protection.

3) Some of the most sensitive parts of the marine shoreline are being altered, and there is a high risk of losing more.

4) There is tremendous opportunity to improve protection of the ecosystem through scientific advancements and the promotion of stewardship within the San Juan Community.

San Juan County participated in developing the Green Shores for Homes program (2010-2015) in order to address 1) and 2) above. In addition, Shore Friendly Incentives funding (2015-2016) is allowing San Juan County to provide:

1) Technical assistance to waterfront property owners who are interested in soft shore stabilization techniques;

2) Information to local realtors about Green Marine Waterfront Features (based on the GSH Credits and Ratings Guide);

3) Stewardship information to waterfront homeowners using Green Shores for Homes as guidance;

4) A recognition program for waterfront property owners who are “doing the right thing” and being good shoreline stewards;

5) Criteria for expedited/streamlined restoration permitting (based on the GSH submittal requirements) for those who wish to remove hard armor and use soft shore stabilization techniques.

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Providing Incentives for Greener Shorelines

2016SSEC

Previous work done by the San Juan Initiative (2006-2008) found:

1) Current regulatory protection programs are turning people off and our education and incentive programs are not meeting the needs of the ecosystem or shoreline property owners.

2) There is a lack of accountability to ensure that people and government successfully carry out their responsibilities in a way that results in ecosystem protection.

3) Some of the most sensitive parts of the marine shoreline are being altered, and there is a high risk of losing more.

4) There is tremendous opportunity to improve protection of the ecosystem through scientific advancements and the promotion of stewardship within the San Juan Community.

San Juan County participated in developing the Green Shores for Homes program (2010-2015) in order to address 1) and 2) above. In addition, Shore Friendly Incentives funding (2015-2016) is allowing San Juan County to provide:

1) Technical assistance to waterfront property owners who are interested in soft shore stabilization techniques;

2) Information to local realtors about Green Marine Waterfront Features (based on the GSH Credits and Ratings Guide);

3) Stewardship information to waterfront homeowners using Green Shores for Homes as guidance;

4) A recognition program for waterfront property owners who are “doing the right thing” and being good shoreline stewards;

5) Criteria for expedited/streamlined restoration permitting (based on the GSH submittal requirements) for those who wish to remove hard armor and use soft shore stabilization techniques.