By Hannah Hickey and edited by MaryAnn Wagner
A new report by the Washington Coastal Resilience Project team, entitled Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment, provides new projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state.
The report incorporates the unique geology-driven land motion, with uplift at Neah Bay and sinking in Seattle. And it provides the latest, probabilistic estimates to let planners weigh the risks of different scenarios.
By Tina Whitman, Science Director, Friends of the San Juans
In San Juan County Washington, private shoreline property owners are critical partners in efforts to protect nearshore habitat while addressing the impacts of sea level rise. This is because over 90% of San Juan County’s 400 shoreline miles are privately owned. To help develop these partnerships, Friends of the San Juans has completed extensive sea level rise research at the parcel level, created communication tools, and conducted extensive outreach to all San Juan County waterfront landowners.
By Lili Bastian, Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow at the Washington State Department of Ecology
In June, Washington Sea Grant’s Ian Miller gave an introduction to the first objective of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP): developing and communicating localized sea level projections using a probabilistic framework for Washington State. To assist local governments in using these projections effectively for shoreline planning decisions, the second objective of the WCRP, led by the Department of Ecology (Ecology), seeks to improve and coordinate the planning guidance of Washington state agencies (Ecology, the Department of Commerce, the Emergency Management Division, and others) so that local governments have a clear and comprehensive framework of planning tools available to address sea level rise.
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