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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.

Weaverling Spit Restoration Phase 3, Fidalgo Bay

In fall of 2017, Coastal Geologic Services completed Phase 3 of the Weaverling Spit Restoration project for the Samish Indian Nation. Weaverling Spit is located on the west shore of the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve, across from Marchs Point in Skagit County. The spit contains documented forage fish spawning beaches for surf smelt, which are an important food source for many marine mammals, birds, and fish — particularly salmon.

Over 200 cubic yards of rock and fill debris were removed from the rockery armor at the Samish RV parking area, and soft shore beach nourishment (sediment import) along with large wood installations were placed along the regraded upper beach to improve beach stability and forage fish spawning habitat.

This project occurred in three phases: Phase 1 was completed in 2009, Phase 2 was completed in 2012, and Phase 3 concluded in September 2017 after 2 years of work. CGS completed mapping, assessment, design, and monitoring, and assisted with planning and construction oversight for all three phases.