PSNERP evaluated more than 500 potential restoration sites, identifying the best places and opportunities to improve the nearshore zone’s ability to provide locally- and nationally-valued resources. The currently proposed 11 sites included in the Tentatively Selected Plan will restore an estimated 5,300 acres of nearshore ecosystems, with an estimated total project cost of about $1.1 billion.
Benefits from this preferred alternative will derive from removing nearly 75,162 linear feet of shoreline stressors, including tidal barriers, nearshore fill and shoreline armoring; thereby restoring processes that will provide an additional 5,354 acres of tidally influenced wetlands in river deltas and shallow embayments, as well as sustain beach ecosystems. Sites included in the Tentatively Selected Plan are geomorphically representative of the entire study area. The proposal includes seven sites in major river deltas, one beach site, one open coastal inlet site and two barrier embayment sites. Completion of the Puget Sound Nearshore Study and the construction of the 11 proposed sites is a critical component of the Puget Sound Action Agenda, the state and Federal plan for Puget Sound Recovery. Construction of the proposed sites will also support efforts to preserve treaty protected fishing rights for Western Washington Treaty Tribes, and support recovery of the 13 fish and marine mammal species in Puget Sound listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.