Two new tools will help you navigate the permit process for your green shoreline, dock or other shoreline project. The Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance (ORA) web site now contains an updated project questionnaire and new examples of shoreline permits.

Project questionnaire

You start the online questionnaire by answering basic questions about your project.

The questionnaire will first ask you to choose a city or county. The next page gives you an option of checking the box for a “Green Shorelines” project. Other common shoreline project types include “Watercraft Lifts” and “Docks and Piers.”

Dividing the questionnaire into project types allowed ORA to simplify and reduce the number of questions, asking only questions specific to the project.

Green Shorelines questionnaire

The system will ask you to answer 11 questions, such as “Will you be repairing or modifying a bulkhead?” and “Will you be creating a new beach cove?” Each question includes a tip, such as “Check with your local jurisdiction. Your project may qualify for Shoreline Exemption.”  Continue Reading »

Terri Olson Miller set back the bulkhead at her Lake Washington home because she wanted a beach. Her family loves it–and so do young salmon.

Find out more here.

Joanna Buehler has transformed her property on Lake Sammamish from just a bare lawn to an attractive, diverse landscape. Native vegetation attracts birds and wildlife and protects her shoreline against erosion.

Find out more at the Green Shorelines website.

Wolf Bauer's Inland Sea book coverWolf Bauer is 100 years old. His ideas about shorelines have shaped an entire generation.

Now Hugh Shipman, a coastal geologist with the Department of Ecology, has compiled one of Bauer’s remarkable slide shows into a book:  Wolf Bauer’s Inland Sea:  Wolf Bauer’s Presentation of the History, the Processes, and the Management of Beaches in Washington and British Columbia.

 “I owe much of my excitement about beaches to Wolf,” Shipman said. “He made a huge difference by getting people to know and care about beaches. This book is a way to share his ideas with a wider audience.” Continue Reading »

Earlier this spring, scientists saw herring spawning along the Seattle shoreline, between Pier 70 and the grain elevator. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) called it an “unusual and exciting event.” This is the first time they have ever seen spawning herring in this urban area. Continue Reading »

What do young salmon need along the shoreline to help them survive? What do they find? Roger Tabor has answers to these questions. Roger has researched salmon in Lake Washington for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 20 years.

Find out more at the Green Shorelines website.

Full beach with red canoe“Bring back the beach: Removing barriers while restoring habitat” is the title of a two-hour session at the annual statewide landscape architecture conference on March 29 in Lynnwood. Find out about sustainable shoreline alternatives as well as work underway to facilitate green shorelines.

Featured speakers and topics: Continue Reading »


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