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Workshops for Realtors: Understanding Beach and Bluff Properties

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

Click here to register for the Coupeville workshop on October 25th: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613479

Click here to register for the Port Hadlock workshop on October 26th: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613484

Free Vegetation Workshops for Coastal Landowners in Skagit and Island Counties

The Northwest Straits Foundation (NWSF) is providing free workshops for coastal landowners on coastal geology, proper vegetation and drainage management, and nearshore wildlife habitat! If you live in Skagit or Island Counties, or if you missed the Whatcom County workshop, consider spending an evening learning about how you can manage slope stability on your coastal bank or bluff property, and talk with representatives of local organizations to access a host of great resources.

Skagit County:

October 16, 5:30 to 8:00 pm (presentations begin at 6)

Fidalgo Bay Resort Conference Center, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd., Anacortes

Island County:

October 17, 5:30 to 8:00 pm (presentations begin at 6)

Meadow Room at the Four Springs Lake Preserve, 585 Lewis Lane, Camano Island

Visit https://nwstraitsfoundation.org/project/shoreline-armor-reduction-program/ for more information.

CGS Celebrates 25 Years

Coastal Geologic Services is celebrating its 25th year! Since 1993, CGS has specialized in providing quality analysis, design, and management of Puget Sound beaches, bluffs, and estuaries. We value our home in Puget Sound and are committed to its protection and restoration.

In these past 25 years we have:

  • Performed close to 1,000 site assessments throughout the Puget Sound region,
  • Advanced and implemented over 150 soft shore protection, beach, and estuary restoration/enhancement projects,
  • Removed over 25,000 feet of shore armor (e.g., bulkheads, riprap, groins),
  • Completed over 50 studies and papers,
  • Developed and analyzed several Sound-wide spatial datasets,
  • Mapped hundreds of miles of shoreline,
  • Conducted community outreach in all 12 Puget Sound region counties,
  • And much more!

    US House Representative Jay Inslee and Jim Johannessen presenting at a Poulsbo beach event, 1997.

National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop

Jim Johannessen, Owner and Principal Geologist at CGS, recently presented to over 250 attendees at the Restore America’s Estuaries National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop in Oakland, CA. The presentation, titled “Living Shorelines/Soft Shore Protection Design and Implementation in Puget Sound”, detailed the ins and outs of soft shore protection: what it means, how it interacts with the coastal environment, its ecological benefits and design methods, and how it has been successfully applied by CGS on dynamic coasts throughout Puget Sound region.

Jim presenting at the RAE Living Shorelines conference, February 22, 2018.

A new beach for Bellingham’s Waypoint Park

CGS completed beach concepts, designs, and construction planning for the new Waypoint Park beach in Bellingham, and is currently doing construction oversight as this new beach comes together. The beach involved the removal of a treated wood bulkhead, and is located on the former Georgia-Pacific pulp mill along downtown Bellingham’s waterfront. Check out the video below from the Bellingham Herald on the recent progress of the project! Visit the Bellingham Herald website to view more videos like this one about the progress of Waypoint Park, which is set to open in summer 2018.