1.6 miles of Birch Bay beach nourishment has begun! On the ground construction started in early January for what is thought to be the largest beach nourishment project in the greater Puget Sound region (210,000 tons)!
This extensive beach nourishment endeavor is intended to create a broad beach backshore and walking trail. The project was first conceived in 1975 by Wolf Bauer. Jim Johannessen of CGS has worked on several stages of this project over the course of its history. CGS was a key beach designer for the consultant team, working for Whatcom County Public Works.
Work is occurring at the south end of the project most evenings through February 15 and will start again after Labor Day continuing northward.
Waypoint Park beach, Bellingham, Washington. Photo courtesy of the Port of Bellingham.
Bellingham’s Waypoint Park beach made headlines on May 20th! The site cleanup and beach creation at Waypoint joins three others as winner of “America’s Best Restored Beach”, an award given each year by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Waypoint Park is one of two CGS projects to win this award: the Port of Bellingham’s Marine Park won the title in 2009.
The other 2019 winners are:
Caminada Headland, Louisiana
South Padre Island, Texas
Duval County, Florida
Congratulations to the project teams who restored these beaches!
Happy New Year! This year we resolve to complete more shore armor removal projects like this one: Sunlight Shores community beach on Whidbey Island was once a bank lined with creosote treated wood piles, large angular boulders, debris, and fill. Now it is a beautiful, resilient beach with restored salt marsh habitat, new native plantings, and improved community beach access. To view a time lapse of the armor removal and beach restoration process, click on the video below or follow this link.
Here is the project in numbers:
350 linear feet of shoreline restored
72 cubic yards of toxic, creosote-treated wood piles removed
355 cubic yards of boulders and debris removed
5,250 square feet of upper beach including salt marsh habitat restored
4 large logs, root wads, and other on-site logs installed for added protection
This was a project by the Northwest Straits Foundation with a grant from the Salmon Funding Recovery Board. CGS completed site assessments, meetings with landowners, site mapping, permit and final design drawings and assisted the NWSF with construction oversight. Here’s to more exciting restoration projects in the new year!
Armor removal was recently completed at the south-facing bluff and beach at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island, located south of Oak Harbor, Washington. A 1978 demonstration project by the US Army Corps of Engineers placed old tires, rocks, and creosoted wood at the base of the bluff as a “low-cost shore protection” solution. These armor materials had almost completely failed by 1979 and were removed from the south shore of the Maylors Point peninsula between Oak Harbor and Crescent Harbor in September and October of 2018.
The Northwest Straits Foundation sponsored the project, with Lisa Kaufman as the project manager. An estimated total of 1,300 old tires, up to 6,000 intertidal concrete bags, and over 1,380 cubic yards of treated wood, armor stone, intertidal angular rock, and artificial fill were removed from 1,800 FT of historical feeder bluff shore. CGS performed site mapping, feasibility, armor removal and restoration design, and assisted with construction oversight.
This project was identified as part of a GIS-based feasibility and benefit assessment aimed at identifying and ranking feeder bluff restoration projects in Island and East Jefferson Counties. For more information on this effort, please visit the Salish Sea Wiki page!
With a Water View is a one-day workshop designed for real estate brokers and appraisers to learn about coastal beach and bluff properties and how to help clients navigate this information and increase property value. Upcoming workshops will be held in Coupeville and Port Hadlock and will discuss coastal geology, shoreline processes, erosion management, and more.
For more information and to learn about the featured speakers, view the event flyer: With a Water View