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Tips and Tools for Property Owners
Green shorelines are growing in popularity from coast to coast. They are a viable alternative to stark armoring, which damage vital shoreline habitat and can increase problems on neighboring properties.
Design and Photo: Dar Webb
Property owners are finding they don't need to give up their beach for a bulkhead. Green shorelines benefit property owners by:
Read success stories from property owners around Lake Washington.
Shoreline armoring is the construction of bulkheads,
seawalls, riprap "revetments" such as sandbags or cement, and
any other structure to harden a shoreline against erosion. Green
shorelines are alternative armoring designs that meet our needs
while also protecting vital eco-functions of our shared
Green shorelines come in many shapes and sizes depending on site conditions (like slope, proximity of structures to shore, and wave energy). MORE
Common types of designs include:
The City of Seattle developed a decision tree to assist shoreline property owners in determining what restoration techniques would work best on their property. The decision tree makes choosing the right approach easier for property owners, consultants, and contractors.
City of Seattle's Green Shorelines: Bulkhead Alternatives for a Healthier Lake Washington
Shoreline property owners may be open to green shoreline approaches, provided the cost is affordable and the permitting process is simplified.
Open Space Tax Act Public Benefit Rating System: Property owners may be eligible to receive a property tax reduction if they preserve the shoreline area on larger, less developed private shorelines. The Open Space Tax Act is implemented through each county. For example, see the King County Public Benefit Rating System. Check with your county Assessor for the rules that apply to this incentive program in your county.
Permit streamlining for stream fish habitat projects: Certain types of stream fish habitat projects that are approved from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are exempt from a local permits and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. The project still needs to receive a Hydraulic Project Approval from WDFW and be consistent with the local Shoreline Master Program.
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