With approximately 200 miles of shoreline surrounded by marine waters, Island County has the 2nd highest percentage of shoreline parcels in Puget Sound. The nearshore and coastal estuaries provide critical shelter, refuge, food, and physiological refuge for juvenile salmon as they transition from river to ocean stages of their life. Island County shorelines also have the second greatest portion of Sound-wide forage fish spawning parcels, of which 67% are unarmored. The aim of the Shore Friendly program is to promote alternative strategies for shoreline residential properties that provide both the use and enjoyment of the property while promoting and maintaining the ecological properties of nearshore ecosystems for the support of fish and wildlife.
In 2014, Island County successfully secured funding through the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program, a partnership of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State Department of Natural Resources, to develop a local Shore Friendly program, and has since continued to successfully secure funding through the Wasington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program to continue this work. This project supports the Island Local Integrating Organization's priority
Near Term Action "preventing any further hard armoring on Island County shorelines."
For more information on the regional Shore Friendly program, visit ShoreFriendly.org.