Washington

Overview

Washington’s coastal environments are diverse -from the bustling cities along Puget Sound to the rural shorelines of the Outer Coast. While different, each region is valued for the natural resources and opportunities that it provides. Living and working along these coastlines does not come without its challenges. High tides, storm surges, and rising sea levels pose risks to life along the coast. Impacts from coastal hazards like erosion and inundation are causing us to re-think how we develop the shoreline. Spatial modeling tools provide a starting point to understand how a changing environment alters our resilience to coastal hazards. By using these tools, communities can plan for an adapted future where there is a balance between the needs of humans and nature.

Regional Projects & Solutions

Puget Sound

Puget Sound

Puget Sound is a national treasure, the second largest estuary in the country, a factory for salmon and shellfish, home to 4.5 million people, and the economic engine of one of the nation’s strongest regional economies. These are increasingly vulnerable to rising sea levels, more extreme coastal storms, and more frequent river flooding.

Southwest Washington

Southwest Washington

The Southwest Washington Coast is home to some of the most marine dependent communities in the nation, and are subject to inundation and erosional hazards. Therefore, we’re working to create a vision for the shoreline that balances the needs of the community with the needs of the environment so that both can thrive.

Resources

For the latest reports, publications, and information on Puget Sound Coastal Resilience and Floodplains by Design, please visit www.floodplainsbydesign.org

Washington Coastal Hazard Resilience Network