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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.”  (more…)

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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.” (more…)

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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.

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The City of Kirkland’s new Shoreline Master Program update contains an innovative tool: a “decision tree” for shoreline property owners.

A homeowner can determine options to stabilize the shoreline based on:

  • The home’s setback from the water
  • Bulkhead height
  • Depth of water at bulkhead
  • Nearshore slope
  • Yard slope

Options could include a full beach, beach cove, pulling back or modifying the bulkhead, slope bioengineering and adding gravel to the nearshore. (more…)

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Green Shores will help get waterfront homes from this . . .

A new grant-funded project will develop critical tools to encourage shoreline property owners to make their shorelines greener. Tools will include a voluntary rating system for shoreline development, along with incentives.

The City of Seattle, San Juan County, Washington Sea Grant and Islands Trust in British Columbia are partnering on the Green Shores for Homes grant.

Full beach with canoe

. . . To something that looks more like this.

The project will focus on both freshwater and marine shorelines.

More than 70 percent of the Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish shorelines are lined with bulkheads, rip rap or other armoring. Along Puget Sound shorelines, 25 to 60 percent of the shoreline is armored. These hard shorelines don’t provide shelter and limit food for fish, birds and other wildlife. They have also lost their natural function of replenishing beaches with sediment. 


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