Grants will support ‘shore friendly’ landowner projects in Puget Sound – WDFW

Good news from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Based on the good outcomes of similar workshops a few years ago, the Northwest Straits Foundation, which helps support the work of the Jefferson and Clallam County Marine Resource Committees, has been chosen as one of the recipients of a grant. The grant will allow us to hold workshops and offer technical training on state of the art information for reducing hard-armoring of shorelines. This money will be used in the counties affected. It's a great example of using the State to fund the activities but keeping them  by and for the people who know the priorities at the local level. An example of what this is all about can be found by watching this short video we did two years ago for Jefferson County. There is a very good example of soft shore armoring in it. Done by folks over on Dungeness Bay.
OLYMPIA - Five proposals to provide incentives for shoreline landowners in Puget Sound to manage their property in a "shore friendly" way will receive funding through the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The grant program, jointly managed by WDFW and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, will distribute $1.6 million provided by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support actions outlined in the state’s Action Agenda for Puget Sound.

“Reducing the amount of hard-armored shoreline is critical to Puget Sound recovery,” said Patricia Jatczak, grant program manager. “Shore-friendly techniques that avoid the use of bulkheads, seawalls and other types of hard armor can protect property with minimal interference to important natural processes that create and maintain aquatic habitat.”

The grant proposals are designed to examine how incentives can be used to motivate residential landowners to remove unnecessary armor or install soft shore protection if needed, Jatczak said. Those incentives may include onsite technical assistance, help with permit costs and workshops for landowners.

The five applicants selected to receive funding were:


  • Northwest Straits Foundation – $312,117: This project will be implemented in San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, Jefferson, and Clallam counties, and focuses on providing technical assistance to residential landowners to avoid or replace shoreline armor with soft shore protection.
  • Kitsap County – $365,854: Kitsap County will use the grant to offer financial incentives and a streamlined permit process for bulkhead removal, as well as technical assistance and erosion assessments.
  • Mason Conservation District – $315,155: This project will be implemented in Mason County, and will provide resources such as workshops, information about shoreline processes, and technical assistance to encourage the removal of bulkheads, install soft shore protection if needed and improve stewardship of the nearshore.
  • Island County – $290,399: This project focuses on the preservation of Island County’s unarmored shoreline, and will provide streamlined permitting and financial assistance for shoreline residents who choose soft-shore alternatives.
  • San Juan County – $348,170: The goal of this project is to protect San Juan County’s unarmored shoreline by providing information and assistance to landowners and shift the cultural norm toward natural shorelines.


Since 2010, the state grant program has received more than $18 million in funding from the EPA to support the state’s Puget Sound Action Agenda. The funding has supported about 60 projects including those designed to restore marine habitat, support citizen science at the state’s protected aquatic areas, and engage citizens in preparing and responding to oil spills.

The program also developed the Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines, which provide guidance on using soft shore techniques.


EVENT- April 5- Living with the Coast – A workshop for Marine Shoreline Landowners in Jefferson County

Free workshop for shoreline homeowners

Free workshop for shoreline homeowners

Just to follow up. This was a standing room only crowd. We intend to run this again later in the year, for those who missed it.

EVENT: Free workshop for homeowners on bluffs!

Given the recent bluff collapse in Port Townsend, this might be of interest to some  of you!
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Event: August 5th- Dungeness Bluffs Nearshore Community Workshop

If you live on a bluff, here on the Olympic Peninsula, and are worried about erosion, then you might want to take this workshop.

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Workshop on understanding environmental buffers along your property – April 4 – Port Ludlow

Last Chance to ‘Live on the Edge’

The last in a series of workshops on critical areas and buffer management will be held Thursday, April 4 in Port Ludlow. The free workshop called “Living on the Edge – Protection for People, Property, and Habitat” workshop will be from 12:30 to 4:30pm at the Ludlow Community Center (Grace Christian Center) and will include a local fieldtrip.

The first two workshops in the series were held in Quilcene and Chimacum and were well attended. Content for all three workshops is similar but the field trips are different. The workshops are designed for homeowners or landowners who have property on or near a shoreline, bluff, wetland or creek.

Attendees will learn about different types of critical areas and how to best manage the buffers around them. Topics covered include how to use your buffer area without harming it or yourself, the role of native plants, tips on removing noxious weeds, how to enhance or restore a buffer, how to encourage birds and wildlife, and what resources are available to homeowners.

“Critical Areas” have important functions in nature; filtering and cleaning water, delivering sand to the beach, providing fish and wildlife habitat, or supplying our drinking water. Some areas may pose a potential danger including flooded creeks, eroding bluffs, and slopes prone to landslides. Areas called “buffers” are designated to ensure everyone’s safety, protect property from damage, and to keep these important places healthy. Buffers can be enjoyed, maintained, and even enhanced by the people who own them for better function, property values and aesthetics.

The Ludlow Community Center (Grace Christian Center) is located at 200 Olympic Pl. in Port Ludlow. This event is open to the public. Please reserve a space by emailing or calling 360/379-5610 x222.

The workshop is hosted by Jefferson County Extension, the Jefferson County Weed Board and the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center.

LID Technical Workshop

Registration’s Open for the 2011 LID Technical Workshop Series
Posted: 03 Jan 2011 07:00 AM PST
Registration is now open for the next round of Puget Sound LID Technical Workshops!

This workshop series, brought to you by WSU Extension and the Puget Sound Partnership, covers all aspects of LID, including:
§ Bioretention siting, sizing, design, modeling, performance and maintenance

§ Permeable paving specifications, installation, performance and maintenance needs for pervious concrete, porous asphalt, interlocking pavers, and grid systems

§ Vegetated roof design, construction, modeling and performance

§ Rainwater harvesting design and construction

§ Low impact foundation design and construction

§ Site planning and preparation

§ Site assessment

§ Plan review

§ Erosion and sediment control, LID construction sequencing, and inspection

Workshop Dates
May 3-4, 2011 – Bioretention
May 17-18, 2011 – Permeable Paving
May 31-June 1, 2011 – Vegetated roofs, low impact foundations, and rainwater collection
June 14-15, 2011 – Site planning, erosion and sediment control, plan review, and inspection

The workshop series consists of four 2-day classes. Best of all (or at least really, really good): Each class costs only $110. And that includes all materials and food and beverage.

Why so cheap? Thank the Puget Sound Partnership, which is subsidizing registration to keep it really inexpensive and accessible to as many professionals as possible.

Puget Sound Action Agenda
This technical workshop series helps implement a key near-term action in the Puget Sound Action Agenda, which is to continue to transition the region to the LID approach and provide assistance to make it happen.

As in 2010, all workshops will be held at the new LID Research Center on the campus of WSU Extension in Puyallup. Holding the classes there allows us to show students the wonderful array of bioretention and permeable pavement that’s being meticulously monitored there. (If you’ve not visited WSU Puyallup yet, you’ll be impressed by all of it – trust me.)

LID Certificates
WSU Extension, WSU Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Puget Sound Partnership will again offer LID certificates to those who attend all four classes and pass a series of tests. This certificate program has value – it demonstrates that the holder has a good understanding of the LID approach and techniques.

You do need to pre-register, and classes do fill up. Register at:

Hope to see you there!

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