By Kevin Decker, Washington Sea Grant
At the northern shore of Willapa Bay in southwest Washington lies the community of North Cove. Currently, there is a battle going on between the residents of North Cove and the erosion that threatens their homes. These satellite images below illustrate the degree of loss that has already taken place. A Google Earth time lapse of North Cove between 1984 and 2016 can also be seen at this link.
By Bobbak Talebi, Coastal Planner, Washington State Department of Ecology
At the Department of Ecology, we have been working in partnership (with many CHRN members) to support community-led initiatives that build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the Washington coastal reality. Recent efforts such as the Grays Harbor Resilience Coalition and the Willapa Erosion Control Alliance Now (WECAN) were formed to catalyze meaningful action through alliances of local representatives, state and federal agencies, and tribal partners. Community-centered approaches like these increase collective capacity to address key information needs and coordinate investment for both short- and long-term community resilience to natural hazards.
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