Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections

SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups have petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls and other barriers along Puget Sound shorelines.

Such concrete or rock structures prevent erosion and protect waterfront homes, but they also alter beaches and disrupt habitat for juvenile salmon, forage fish and other species.

SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups have petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls and other barriers along Puget Sound shorelines.

Such concrete or rock structures prevent erosion and protect waterfront homes, but they also alter beaches and disrupt habitat for juvenile salmon, forage fish and other species.

So Friends of San Juans, the Washington Environmental Council and Sound Action have asked the Corps’ Seattle District to use its authority to regulate so-called “shoreline armoring” projects in tidal areas.

Most seawalls and other barriers are erected along Puget Sound shorelines without an Army Corps review because of the way the federal agency determines jurisdiction in tidal areas.

A Corps spokesman said the agency received the petition Wednesday and was reviewing it.

 

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