Presenter/Author Information

Kollin Higgins, King County (Wash.)

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

A Review of Shoreline Armoring Permitting Effectiveness

Description

In 2012 and 2013 boat based surveys were undertaken of the 92 miles of marine shoreline of Watershed Resource Inventory Area 9, which includes the cities of Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Federal Way and unincorporated King County. The intent of the surveys was to collect shoreline condition data in order to update and compare baseline monitoring data sets as well as evaluate if the changes in condition were permitted. The surveys found 145 distinct changes in shoreline condition throughout the WRIA had occurred between 2004 and 2013 with only 44 (30%) of the changes observed having been permitted. The majority of the shoreline changes (64%) and unpermitted changes (75%) occurred in unincorporated King County along Vashon and Maury Islands.

Since 2014, King County has undertaken an effort to bring all of the unpermitted changes noted in the surveys into compliance. This presentation will follow up with a description of how King County responded to the relatively large number of projects that were out of compliance and what the results have been to date in bringing the projects into compliance.

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Follow-up to the 2014 WRIA 9 Marine Shoreline Monitoring and Compliance Pilot Project

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In 2012 and 2013 boat based surveys were undertaken of the 92 miles of marine shoreline of Watershed Resource Inventory Area 9, which includes the cities of Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Federal Way and unincorporated King County. The intent of the surveys was to collect shoreline condition data in order to update and compare baseline monitoring data sets as well as evaluate if the changes in condition were permitted. The surveys found 145 distinct changes in shoreline condition throughout the WRIA had occurred between 2004 and 2013 with only 44 (30%) of the changes observed having been permitted. The majority of the shoreline changes (64%) and unpermitted changes (75%) occurred in unincorporated King County along Vashon and Maury Islands.

Since 2014, King County has undertaken an effort to bring all of the unpermitted changes noted in the surveys into compliance. This presentation will follow up with a description of how King County responded to the relatively large number of projects that were out of compliance and what the results have been to date in bringing the projects into compliance.