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September Program - MARINE SHORELINE RESTORATION

MARINE SHORELINE RESTORATION

by Lisa Kaufman

Cornet Bay before Before   Cornet Bay after After  Cornet Bay Photos by Ivar Dolph

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
7:00 Social; 7:30 Program
Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mt. Vernon, Washington

 

Seabirds rely on healthy habitats and the small fish that live in those habitats. When seawalls were built in the past, it caused the sand and gravel that is necessary for the spawning of forage fish to be washed away. Sand lance and Pacific smelt lay their eggs on these beaches and often when the sand and gravel is restored the fish return. Lisa Kaufman will talk to us about restoration efforts undertaken by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee and the Northwest Straits Foundation in Skagit County.  Lisa Kaufman is the Nearshore Program Manager with the Northwest Straits Foundation. She works with the local Marine Resources Committees to identify and implement habitat restoration projects throughout the seven counties of the Northwest Straits region. Some current projects include removal of hard shoreline armoring at Bowman Bay and Fort Townsend, and the next phase of shoreline restoration at Cornet Bay. Previously, Lisa was the Aquatic Lands Restoration Manager at the Washington Department of Natural Resources for over 9 years. In that position, Lisa worked on a range of projects from creosote piling removal, marine debris removal, and near shore restoration including the restoration project at Secret Harbor on Cypress Island.

 

 

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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