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Our Living Shorelines


Invasive species - Our state’s native species are threatened by the invading plants and animals. As travel and trade increase, the risk of new invasions also increases. Invasive species exact a high price from both society and nature.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) spills - The process for determining damages for an oil spill is called a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The overall objective of this process is to restore natural resources to a pre-spill condition.

Control of Toxic Chemical in Puget Sound - The Puget Sound toxic loading studies will help guide decisions about how to most effectively direct resources to resolve toxic contamination issues in Puget Sound.

Water Quality Improvement Projects (Total Maximum Daily Load studies, TMDLs) - Water Quality Improvement Projects, or TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) determine the amounts of pollutant loading that a given water body (river, marine water, wetland, stream, or lake) can receive and still meet water quality standards. Where water bodies do not meet water quality standards for a particular pollutant, TMDLs are implemented through Waste Load Allocations, inserted as pollutant limits in permits to point source dischargers, and through Load Allocations and non-regulatory programs for nonpoint sources, to bring water quality up to standards.

Watershed planning - Your health and the health of your watershed are inseparable. This is because a watershed is an interconnected system of land, water, air, and the life they support—including people and cities.


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.



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