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Kitsap County Regional Shoreline Restoration Project

A healthy beach environment starts with a good foundation of sediment. The sources of sediment, sometimes referred to as "feeder bluffs", have historically provided the appropriate type and amount of sediment to support shellfish, forage fish and other organisms- which in turn support salmon, and so on. HOWEVER...

  • Where are the sediment sources in Kitsap County?
  • Where are the best opportunities to restore or protect these shorelines?
  • How can we better understand and raise public awareness about the ecological effects of armoring (bulkheads)?


Kitsap DCD was the recipient of an EPA Watershed Assistance Grant to:
  • Identify priority shoreline reaches of existing or potential sediment source value.
  • Prioritize those reaches by restoration potential, taking landowner willingness into account.
  • Provide public and private armoring removal demonstration projects to increase public awareness of coastal sediment processes and ecological effects of hard armoring.


For study results, opportunities and upcoming events, please click on the options below:

Kitsap County Sediment Source Analysis And Restoration Prioritization Study

This study analyzed existing data to identify reaches of shoreline best suited for restoration and protection of sediment delivery and transport, based on physical attributes and potential for benefit.  It then looked at restoration feasibility, using the results of a landowner survey and other attributes such as how far the home is from the shoreline.  This resulted in the identified priority reaches and drift cells.

  • Sediment Source Analysis  (12/28/12)             Appendix C

  • Maps and Diagrams:                              These maps are interactive. Open the map, click on the "+" next to "Layers". Click or unclick the eye icon to turn the different layers on and off.

  Fig.1 Sediment Source Data   

Fig.2a Drift Cell Score_Slopes

Fig.2b Drift Cell Score_Tributaries

Fig.3 Reach Score

Fig.4 Risk to Infrastructure

Fig.5 Priority Reaches

Fig.6 Tracyton Example

Fig.7 Pt.Jefferson Example

Demonstration Project: Anna Smith Park Bulkhead Removal

The bulkhead removal and shoreline restoration project at Anna Smith Park in Dyes Inlet was completed in late August 2012.  This project was identified for its location in a priority sediment source reach.  It will improve natural shoreline conditions by reconnecting sediment sources to the beach, while improving shoreline access for the public.  The bulkhead wall, rip-rap and old cedar pilings behind the wall were dismantled and removed by barge. The natural sediments that were trapped behind the bulkhead are now settling and distributing along the beach.  For more information, please see:

Opportunities for Restoration on Privately-Owned Shorelines

One component of the study mentioned above included a restoration prioritization.  This examined where the best sediment sources are and compared those locations to feasibility metrics, which includes the results of a landowner restoration interest survey.  The survey was conducted in the summer of 2012.  Postcard notices were sent out advertising the survey to shoreline property owners. 192 responses were received (as of Oct. 2012).

One of the ultimate goals of this project is to help private landowners with technical and financial support in implementing shoreline restoration projects on their property (hard-armoring removal).  We are still gathering comments and gauging interest from shoreline property owners, both for this grant project and others that may become available in the future.

If you are a shoreline property owner and interested in restoration opportunities, please consider taking our SURVEY.

Restoration Monitoring

Efforts are underway to develop a volunteer monitoring program that will examine the nature of restored beaches, including beach profiles and flora and fauna changes over time.  Thank you to all who participated in the 2012 monitoring of the shoreline for the pre-bulkhead removal at Anna Smith Park! There will be more volunteer opportunities in the future, including next summer. 

Please contact Jeff Adams, Washington Sea Grant at or (360)229-9398, for more information about volunteering.

Project Schedule and Upcoming Events

Anna Smith Park Cleanup: AUGUST 17

Come help clean-up rock debris left behind after the bulkhead removal last summer. On Saturday August 17th from 10-noon, volunteers will be moving the angular rocks off the beach that used to be part of the bulkhead fill because they interfere with clam production, fish spawning habitat and other natural shoreline functions. Please contact Christina or Kathlene at (360)337-5777 to RSVP.

Last Updated:  April 08, 2015
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