Shore Friendly is sending ripples throughout the region

The shore of a cobbled beach.

Shore Friendly is a voluntary program that helps private landowners of marine shorelines in Puget Sound reduce shoreline armoring and restore shoreline habitat around the Sound. The program aids landowners in managing their property while also restoring natural beach habitat.

Sound Safe Infrastructure: Building a future with resilient infrastructure and ecosystems

Aerial view of the I-5 bridge over the Nisqually River, with traffic passing over the bridge. A play button is superimposed on the photo to indicate that this story is a playable video.

Tribes, local governments, state agencies, and nonprofits are working together to plan and complete infrastructure improvements that contribute to Puget Sound ecosystem and salmon recovery. This relationship between the recovery and transportation sectors creates Sound Safe Infrastructure, which produces better outcomes for people, salmon, and the environment.

Resilient floodplains for people and salmon

Aerial photo of a river with salmon swimming in it.

Salmon recovery partners throughout the state—including Tribes, local governments, and nonprofits—have seen their projects delayed or cancelled due to impacts from a change in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) no-rise policy. The no-rise policy now mandates costly analyses for salmon habitat restoration projects. Partners are seeking to work with FEMA to change the policy so that it’s more flexible for restoration activities.

Doubling down on restoration

Aerial photo of the Dickman Mill site in Tacoma, WA. The photo shows the group of creosote-soaked pilings in the water near the site, and a boat floating in the water off to the righthand side of the photo.

The Salish Sea Nearshore Programmatic is a regulatory tool that helps proponents of on- or over-water construction projects balance out the ecological impacts of construction with equivalent ecological offsets. Project proponents can offset these impacts by purchasing conservation credits from the Partnership’s Nearshore Credits Program, which helps fund restoration throughout the region.

Point Ruston’s transformation from polluted smelter site to waterfront destination

Photo of two people walking along the paved path that leads from Point Defiance Park down to Point Ruston. Mount Rainier is in the background.

Ruston, near Tacoma, was the location for a massive copper and arsenic-producing smelter operation for almost 100 years. Ruston and the northeast part of Tacoma were shaped by the smelter and its pollution, and the subsequent cleanup and redevelopment of the area have transformed Point Ruston into a bustling destination for folks throughout the South Sound.

Puget Sound Day on the Sound

Photo of Casey Sixkiller, at left, administrator for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region 10, and Kadi Bizyayeva, council member and fisheries manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

Representatives from federal and state agencies, Tribes, and local governments convened in Tacoma on Tuesday, Oct. 10 for the third annual “Puget Sound Day on the Sound” event. Over the course of several panel discussions, participants spoke about opportunities to better coordinate and align resources to accelerate Puget Sound recovery and support Tribal treaty rights.