In Washington State, the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe and North Cove community led a vigorous local effort to find effective treatments for severe shoreline erosion along Willapa Bay. Their determination is starting to pay off in pilot projects that are halting erosion in its tracks via rebuilt dunes and the placement of cobble berms—called “dynamic revetments”—along the shoreline. The Washington Coastal Zone Management Program provided award-winning technical and monitoring assistance and worked to secure grants, one supported by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.
In this photo, Washington Department of Ecology’s Environmental Specialist, Amanda Hacking, and Coastal Engineer, George Kaminsky, track tagged cobbles along the dynamic revetment. Image credit: Washington Department of Ecology