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News and Resources

Learn more about soft shore protection, coastal processes, and how to protect your shoreline through the following links to news stories and other helpful resources.


January 2019: Homeowners keep building walls around Puget Sound. Biologists are taking out more.

November 2018: Taking a 'softer' approach to beach erosion

November 2018: Shorelines of Stone video

June 2018: Make a Difference: Shorelines

November/December 2017: Shore Stewards News: Shoreline Property Winter Checklist

October 24, 2017: Sea level rise in the news

October 22, 2017: With sea-level rise, waterfront owners confront their options

September 26, 2017: Real resilience?

May 16, 2017: What happened to the wild salmon? One community's step to recovery

January/February 2017: Shore Stewards News: Tides, King Tides and Storm Events

October 17, 2016: Hitting a wall: Can we fix Puget Sound's beaches?

September/October 2016: Shore Stewards News: Steps for Natural Alternatives to Bulkheads

July/August 2016: Shore Stewards News: Natural Alternatives to Bulkheads

August 16, 2016: Authorities highlight nearshore's importance in Puget Sound recovery

August 9, 2016: Shoreline restoration project at Fort Townsend nears completion

March/April 2016: Shore Stewards News: Recognizing How Bulkheads Change the Shoreline

April 18, 2016: First Salish Sea-wide shoreline armoring study shows cumulative effects on ecosystem

April 7, 2016: State guidelines offer new approaches to shoreline protection

April 7, 2016: Sources of sand: maps show crucial "feeder bluffs"

March 29, 2016: Studies point to gap in permits for shoreline armoring

March 29, 2016: Shoreline restoration turns to private property owners

March 22, 2016: Spawning habitat for forage fish being lost to rising tides

March 22, 2016: Forage fish are losing places to lay their eggs

March 22, 2016: Shoreline armoring's effect on the food web

Additional Resources

Shore Friendly - Protecting Your Property and Puget Sound

Shore Stewards

Northwest Straits Foundation: Shoreline Armor Reduction Program

Green Shores for Homes

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound: Shoreline Armoring

Your Marine Waterfront – A Guide to Protecting Your Property While Promoting Healthy Shorelines

Soft Shoreline Stabilization - Shoreline Master Program Planning and Implementation Guidance

Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines

Island County Near-Term Actions