Webinar: Shoreline Revolving Loan Program Feasibility Study

Join Jim Johannessen of CGS, Aimee Kinney of the Puget Sound Institute (PSI), and Mike Fisher of Northern Economics as they share the results of the Shoreline Revolving Loan Program Feasibility Study.

Wednesday March 31, 2021
10:00 – 11:00 AM (Pacific)
Register Here

House elevation project example. Photo courtesy DB Davis LLC.

This study assessed the feasibility of a revolving loan fund, which would finance low-interest loans for residential shoreline projects like hard armor removal, soft-shore stabilization, and elevating or moving homes landward to reduce flooding risk under sea level rise. This study includes a technical report by CGS on the costs of these Shore Friendly actions, which is the most comprehensive regional cost study to-date.

Learn more about the study here.

2021 Nearshore Restoration Summit

Register here for three days of presentations hosted by PSEMP, WDFW, and ESRP.

Join CGS’s Jim Johannessen at the 2021 Nearshore Restoration Summit on March 11 at 8:40am PST.  Jim will discuss Puget Sound coastal restoration design considerations for the rest of the 21st century, kicking off day two of the summit.  This virtual conference is put on by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Estuary and Salmon and Restoration Program to connect nearshore restoration scientists and practitioners through the latest research and future issues for Salish Sea nearshore restoration.

Register here, and check out the full conference program.

Bellingham’s Waypoint Park Beach Makes Headlines

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!

Read the Bellingham Herald announcement here.

And the original ASBPA announcement with information on all the projects here.

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.