The Northwest Straits Foundation and the Seahorse Siesta Community Association are partnering to remove a large barge and bulkhead from the base of a feeder bluff. The structure extends waterward 98 feet from the toe of the bluff and 136 feet alongshore. Installed in the late 1960’s, placement of the barge along the shoreline created an elevated lawn near the beach for residents of the community. The structure has since deteriorated creating a safety hazard and is an impediment to shoreline processes and habitats. Removal will expose a sandy beach suitable for forage fish spawning and will improve nearshore habitats useful for migrating juvenile salmonids.
This project is currently being bid for construction. Project specifications, design drawings, and pre-bid meeting information is available for qualified contractors at: http://www.bxwa.com/bxwa_toc/pub/1325.html . Construction is planned for September 2019.
Support for this project has been provided by:
Feasibility, design, permitting:
The Marine & Nearshore Grant Program through Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources with funding from the National Estuary Program (EPA)
Estuary Salmon Restoration Program
Construction & Vegetation Installation:
US Fish and Wildlife Service – Puget Sound Coastal Program
Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund
Vincent J. Coates Foundation
Habitat Strategic Initiative through Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources with funding from the National Estuary Program (EPA)
Island County Marine Resources Committee
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife