Presentation Abstract

In discussing challenges and opportunities for enforcing ecological protections, the four presenters discussed enforcement regimes generally and lessons learned from individual enforcement actions. The presentations covered attributes of successful enforcement and obstacles that arise, an ongoing review of permit compliance in King County, stormwater updates for consistency with the Clean Water Act, and challenges to enforcement in Canada. The presentations discussed methods for establishing effective programs and identifying obstacles for programs like shoreline master programs that apply broadly throughout a community. Such obstacles include a lack of political will at various stages in the enforcement hierarchy, incomplete or uncertain information about unpermitted activities, shifting baselines, inadequate enforcement authority or penalties, and the potential for political backlash. The presenters agreed that this issue will continue to play a critical role in determining whether communities can restore the ecological health of the Salish Sea.

Session Title

Enforcing Ecological Protections: Challenges and Opportunities

Keywords

Enforcement, Friends of the San Juans, Shoreline, Political will

Conference Track

SSE8: Policy, Management, and Regulations

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE8-599

Start Date

6-4-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2018 8:45 AM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

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

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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This resource is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. For more information about rights or obtaining copies of this resource, please contact University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103, USA (360-650-7534; heritage.resources@wwu.edu) and refer to the collection name and identifier. Any materials cited must be attributed to the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Records, University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

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Language

English

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Enforcement discretion and best practices for enforcement

In discussing challenges and opportunities for enforcing ecological protections, the four presenters discussed enforcement regimes generally and lessons learned from individual enforcement actions. The presentations covered attributes of successful enforcement and obstacles that arise, an ongoing review of permit compliance in King County, stormwater updates for consistency with the Clean Water Act, and challenges to enforcement in Canada. The presentations discussed methods for establishing effective programs and identifying obstacles for programs like shoreline master programs that apply broadly throughout a community. Such obstacles include a lack of political will at various stages in the enforcement hierarchy, incomplete or uncertain information about unpermitted activities, shifting baselines, inadequate enforcement authority or penalties, and the potential for political backlash. The presenters agreed that this issue will continue to play a critical role in determining whether communities can restore the ecological health of the Salish Sea.