Presentation Abstract

Shoreline stabilization is a significant management challenge within the Puget Sound region. Alternative soft shoreline stabilization techniques have been identified as a preferred way to minimize ecological impacts to Puget Sound nearshore habitat associated with shoreline stabilization. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) updated policies that set a preference for soft stabilization. Local jurisdictions are currently incorporating updated shoreline stabilization regulations into their local Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs). However, the familiarity and prevalence of traditional hard armoring methods make it a challenge for local jurisdictions to implement soft shoreline stabilization projects. Therefore, Ecology is creating guidance to assist local jurisdictions planning for and implementing soft stabilization techniques, particularly for single-family shoreline properties. This guidance is one of the first from Ecology related to SMP implementation. The guidance is intended to: describe the soft shoreline stabilization concept, provide examples for how to plan for soft shorelines, review key points for permitting soft stabilization, and give examples demonstrating how to prioritize soft shoreline implementation efforts. The use of this guidance is intended to advance the implementation of soft shoreline stabilization and minimize cumulative impacts on nearshore habitats through SMP administration. This presentation will give an overview of Ecology’s soft shoreline stabilization guidance, discuss early feedback from local jurisdiction staff, and share next steps for outreach and engagement.

Session Title

Session S-08H: Incentives, Guidance and Collaboration for Greener Shorelines

Conference Track

Social Science Plus

Conference Name

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

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Start Date

2-5-2014 8:30 AM

End Date

2-5-2014 10:00 AM

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Room 607

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Creating Guidance to Address Shoreline Master Program Policies for Alternative Shoreline Stabilization

Room 607

Shoreline stabilization is a significant management challenge within the Puget Sound region. Alternative soft shoreline stabilization techniques have been identified as a preferred way to minimize ecological impacts to Puget Sound nearshore habitat associated with shoreline stabilization. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) updated policies that set a preference for soft stabilization. Local jurisdictions are currently incorporating updated shoreline stabilization regulations into their local Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs). However, the familiarity and prevalence of traditional hard armoring methods make it a challenge for local jurisdictions to implement soft shoreline stabilization projects. Therefore, Ecology is creating guidance to assist local jurisdictions planning for and implementing soft stabilization techniques, particularly for single-family shoreline properties. This guidance is one of the first from Ecology related to SMP implementation. The guidance is intended to: describe the soft shoreline stabilization concept, provide examples for how to plan for soft shorelines, review key points for permitting soft stabilization, and give examples demonstrating how to prioritize soft shoreline implementation efforts. The use of this guidance is intended to advance the implementation of soft shoreline stabilization and minimize cumulative impacts on nearshore habitats through SMP administration. This presentation will give an overview of Ecology’s soft shoreline stabilization guidance, discuss early feedback from local jurisdiction staff, and share next steps for outreach and engagement.