SA1.1: Gain a better understanding of current shoreline habitat conditions
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Regional Priority Approach Description
Note - “ecologically important areas” is a generic term that, once defined, can support restoration or protection prioritization. It may include critical areas, forage fish spawning habitat, etc.
Gain a better understanding of current habitat conditions.
Desired Outcome - Based on an improved understanding of shoreline processes, structure, and function, protection and restoration efforts are directed to areas that will have the most ecological benefit.
Policy Needs - N/A
- Develop a shared definition for “ecologically important areas” as it relates to the shoreline.
- Collect beach and bluff topography and nearshore bathymetry, substrate composition (grain size), and other physical attributes that shape nearshore habitat and biological communities.
- Develop or expand existing datasets of current and historical biological uses of the nearshore environment.
- Develop a knowledge base to predict sediment pathways and budgets and the impacts of barriers to sediment transport
- Describe who the intended users of the final product will be and how they will engage in the project.
- If new sampling/surveys are proposed, describe how you will use existing protocols for new data collection (For spatial data refer to the Partnership’s draft Recommendations for Shoreline Armor Monitoring Protocols; for physical and biological data refer to the Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox (Washington Sea Grant) or partner with ongoing monitoring programs.
- If new sampling/surveys are proposed, describe how new data collection will build upon and enhance existing data (For shoreline spatial data refer to Coastal Geologic Services. 2017. Beach Strategies Phase 1 Summary Report. ESRP Learning Project #14-2308) and will be used to improve decision-making.
- Describe the datasets used for any planned analyses.
Local Context - Local context provides additional specificity on how a Regional Priority approach should be implemented in each local area; examples include sequencing, partners to consider, and critical areas. Local context for this Regional Priority approach is available here.
Regional Priority Approach Near Term Actions Map
No Puget Sound Recovery Progress Measures set for this Regional Priority Approach.