Watch Local Treasure, our 20 minute documentary on the Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Project.
The Puget Sound shoreline is vital to life for many plants and creatures. Salmon and other species depend on marine nearshore habitat for food and shelter. The success of salmon is a good indication of our ecosystem’s health, which effects everyone in our community and generations to come.
What’s Changed at Seahurst Park?
Seahurst Park on Puget Sound in Burien had a seawall since the 1970s. Beach elevations dropped three to four feet due to wave action and a disconnect between the beach and sediment sources. These changes have been detrimental to habitat quality for salmon and the organisms that depend on the marine nearshore habitat. In addition, the stone bulkhead was failing, spilling stones onto the beach.
The SRFB grant funded a feasibility study of bulkhead removal and bulkhead alternatives in the early 2000s. The feasibility study confirmed the value of bulkhead removal and beach restoration. Check out the bulkhead removal study.
Bulkhead removal and beach restoration in late 2004 and early 2005 also received financial support from SRFB
Check out photos of the Seahurst Park restoration project.
Now is a great time to visit this newly restored shoreline. It is the largest bulkhead removal project ever on Puget Sound!Here is more information from lectures at ESC: Seahurst Park Ecosystem Restoration Project Presentation at ESC by Peter Hummel, Landscape Architect View PowerPoint slides of the presentation (may take several minutes to download content) Seahurst lecture series Peter Hummel Part 1 Seahurst lecture series Peter Hummel Part 2 Seahurst lecture series Peter Hummel Part 3 Exploring Nearshore Habitat Presentation at ESC by Paul Schlenger , Principal Fisheries Biologist View PowerPoint slides of the presentation (may take several minutes to download content) Schlenger_Seahurst Nearshore Ecology_Sept2014