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Sunlight Shores Community Beach Restored

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.

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!

Click here to view a time lapse video of the armor removal and beach restoration process.

Oak Harbor Naval Base Armor Removal Completed

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.

Visit the Northwest Straits Foundation website for more information on Maylor Point and other recent armor removal projects!

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.