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Our Living Shorelines

Local Government

Stormwater - Stormwater is polluted rainwater or snow melt runoff that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. As water runs off these surfaces, it can pick up pollution such as: oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, and animal waste. The state's largest jurisdictions are required to have stormwater controls, as are industries and construction sites.

Green shorelines - Green shorelines are also known as salmon-friendly, eco-friendly, soft engineering, alternative design, and living shorelines. They provide opportunities to improve shoreline habitat, restore natural processes, enhance recreational access, and increase enjoyment for property owners and the public.

Coastal Atlas - Use the Coastal Atlas to learn about Washington’s marine shorelines and the land areas near Puget Sound, the outer coast, and the estuarine portion of the Columbia River. You can view aerial photographs of marine shorelines, locate different habitat types, physical features, see changes in land cover, and much more.

Mitigation that works - In Washington State, we spend millions of dollars every year to mitigate the unavoidable adverse effects to important habitats – such as wetlands and shorelines – stemming from development.

Coastal training program (Padilla Bay) - committed to offering courses that are pertinent, useful, and considered to be a high priority to shoreline planners and coastal resource managers.

Watershed planning - The 1998 legislature passed a law to set a framework for developing local solutions to watershed issues on a watershed basis. Local development of watershed plans for managing water resources and for protecting existing water rights is vital to both state and local interests.

Shoreline Planners Toolbox - This Shoreline Master Program (SMP) toolbox helps you quickly and easily find the information you need for updating your local program.

SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) - State policy requires state and local agencies to consider the likely environmental consequences of a construction or development proposal before approving or denying that proposal.

Federal permits - information on projects requesting 401 Water Quality Certification and/or Coastal Zone Management Consistency determinations.

Grants and financial assistance - information about grants administered by Ecology's Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program.

Aquaculture - Ecology's scientific research studies and Shoreline Master Program guidelines for aquaculture.

Ecology's Toxics Cleanup Program - Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineered solutions.


Countering the negative environmental impacts that developing the land can have on wetlands, rivers, streams, lakes, and other deep-water habitats.


Working together to protect our shorelines.



Salmon-friendly, eco-friendly, soft engineering, alternative design, living shorelines