Puget Sound Shoreline Parcel Segmentation Report

A 2014 report prepared by Coastal Geologic Services, Inc. examines spatial patterns in Puget Sound shoreline characteristics at the parcel-unit scale. It was developed in support of a social marketing strategy by state agencies to reduce shoreline armoring in the region.

Project Background

The Puget Sound Marine & Nearshore Grant Program, co-led by Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources, funded this project with the goal of reducing the total amount of traditional “hard” armor along Puget Sound marine shorelines. This can be accomplished by a combination of reducing new armor and removing existing armor. Hard armor refers to structures placed on the upper beach and at the toe of bluffs typically to reduce erosion, and is referred to using a variety of terms in the Puget Sound region, including the terms bulkhead, seawall, revetment, and rockery. Armor has been associated with numerous negative impacts to the Puget Sound nearshore. The Social Marketing Strategy to Reduce Puget Sound Shoreline Armoring project describes how we can overcome barriers and motivate residential landowners to voluntarily choose alternatives to hard armor.


Coastal Geologic Services, Inc. (2014) Puget Sound Shoreline Parcel Segmentation Report. The Puget Sound Marine & Nearshore Grant Program. 24 pgs.

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About the Author: 
Coastal Geologic Services was founded in Bellingham, Washington in 1993 by Jim Johannessen, a coastal geologist and licensed engineering geologist. The company was founded to fill a need for high-quality analysis and design for applied coastal management and engineering focused on the unique shoreline environments of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Since its inception, CGS has completed coastal assessment, design and management projects for a broad range of coastal landowners and all levels of government, including tribes.