Over 18 miles of local shore are armored with bulkheads, and nearly 500 docks and 2,000 buoys exist offshore. These structures hinder or prevent natural processes.
“We believe our property is more valuable if we and our neighbors protect the shoreline. Orcas pass daily in the summer. They need salmon. Salmon need forage fish. Juvenile salmon and forage fish need protection of eelgrass beds. Eelgrass needs clean water. Strengthening our shoreline protections will be good for ecosystems and for the long term economy of these islands.”