Presentation Title

Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines - Background and Phase 1 Case Studies

Session Title

Session S-01G: New Strategies for Shorelines

Conference Track

Shorelines

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Start Date

30-4-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

30-4-2014 12:00 PM

Abstract

Shoreline armoring – the construction of bulkheads and seawalls – has become a significant issue for the Puget Sound region, with roughly one mile per year of new shoreline armoring. Armoring profoundly influences beaches, alters coastal processes and coastal ecology, and reduces the resilience of the coast to rising sea level. Alternative techniques to traditional hard armor have been applied in Puget Sound for decades, however, efforts to comprehensively monitor and compare different techniques and proper design are lacking. The Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines address this need through development of a manual on use of alternative techniques in Puget Sound. Phase 1 of this work involved detailed data collection from 25 individual sites representing five major design technique types, including traditional hard armor approaches. Our discussion of Phase 1 of the MSDG will include related information on the state of armoring on Puget Sound shorelines and the case study report that provides background data integral to the development of the guidelines document.

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Apr 30th, 10:30 AM Apr 30th, 12:00 PM

Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines - Background and Phase 1 Case Studies

Room 6E

Shoreline armoring – the construction of bulkheads and seawalls – has become a significant issue for the Puget Sound region, with roughly one mile per year of new shoreline armoring. Armoring profoundly influences beaches, alters coastal processes and coastal ecology, and reduces the resilience of the coast to rising sea level. Alternative techniques to traditional hard armor have been applied in Puget Sound for decades, however, efforts to comprehensively monitor and compare different techniques and proper design are lacking. The Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines address this need through development of a manual on use of alternative techniques in Puget Sound. Phase 1 of this work involved detailed data collection from 25 individual sites representing five major design technique types, including traditional hard armor approaches. Our discussion of Phase 1 of the MSDG will include related information on the state of armoring on Puget Sound shorelines and the case study report that provides background data integral to the development of the guidelines document.