Event Title

Reimagining Shorelines in the Salish Sea: Overview of building relationships and designing successful shoreline enhancement projects

Presentation Abstract

As our aging shoreline infrastructure fails and new goals to enhance habitats are implemented, a new vision for the future of our shorelines is needed. Central to this vision is imagining what a degraded shore could become while designing with natural processes for sustainable shores. Getting and keeping landowners (private, tribal, or public) interested, engaged, and onboard through the entire process is a critical step. This comes down to: IMAGINATION in the face of inherited problems and sea level rise and RELATIONSHIPS. This talk will begin the special session and will outline the unique set of landowner issues and objectives that were brought to bear on recent, successful projects, how these objectives are reflected in the final project designs, and speak to the importance of building relationships of trust between project proponents, project designers, and landowners. Since the large majority of the Salish Sea coast is in private ownership, it is critical to involve and work with owners other than public entities and consider the full spectrum of values. An overview of modern shoreline enhancement and restoration will be presented, followed by the current restoration for salmon habitat and improved recreation. Examples of successful coastal restoration projects from around Puget Sound representing the diversity of values and objectives will illustrate that multiple objectives lead to the same end result: healthy, resilient shorelines providing economic, environmental, and social benefits. Planning for sea level rise will be included in all project examples. A goal of the session will be to demonstrate the integrative nature of a variety of successful projects with diverse objectives and funding sources, and the many ways and many reasons to reimagine much more of our shorelines.

Session Title

Session S-02G: Reimagining Shorelines

Conference Track

Shorelines

Conference Name

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

Document Type

Event

Start Date

30-4-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2014 3:00 PM

Location

Room 6E

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Apr 30th, 1:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:00 PM

Reimagining Shorelines in the Salish Sea: Overview of building relationships and designing successful shoreline enhancement projects

Room 6E

As our aging shoreline infrastructure fails and new goals to enhance habitats are implemented, a new vision for the future of our shorelines is needed. Central to this vision is imagining what a degraded shore could become while designing with natural processes for sustainable shores. Getting and keeping landowners (private, tribal, or public) interested, engaged, and onboard through the entire process is a critical step. This comes down to: IMAGINATION in the face of inherited problems and sea level rise and RELATIONSHIPS. This talk will begin the special session and will outline the unique set of landowner issues and objectives that were brought to bear on recent, successful projects, how these objectives are reflected in the final project designs, and speak to the importance of building relationships of trust between project proponents, project designers, and landowners. Since the large majority of the Salish Sea coast is in private ownership, it is critical to involve and work with owners other than public entities and consider the full spectrum of values. An overview of modern shoreline enhancement and restoration will be presented, followed by the current restoration for salmon habitat and improved recreation. Examples of successful coastal restoration projects from around Puget Sound representing the diversity of values and objectives will illustrate that multiple objectives lead to the same end result: healthy, resilient shorelines providing economic, environmental, and social benefits. Planning for sea level rise will be included in all project examples. A goal of the session will be to demonstrate the integrative nature of a variety of successful projects with diverse objectives and funding sources, and the many ways and many reasons to reimagine much more of our shorelines.