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.