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Objectives for Restoration and Protection

Every problem can be reframed as an opportunity which can be expressed as an objective.  Objectives describe the desired results by addressing the problems and taking advantage of the opportunities identified. PSNERP has identified  four objectives for achieving process-based nearshore restoration and protection:

1.
Restore the size and quality of large river delta estuaries and the nearshore processes the deltas support
Sub-objectives: River Delts
· Restore tidal flow and inundation area in river deltas
·  Increase the shoreline length of large river deltas
· Restore quality and quantity of tidal wetlands in river deltas with emphasis oligohaline and tidal freshwater wetlands
· Improve connectivity between the nearshore and adjacent uplands/watershed
· Preserve relatively intact deltas including adjacent upland areas
· Prevent further degradation of delta processes
Types of Resources Benefitted:
  Salmon
  Marine Birds
  Kelp/Eelgrass
  Great Blue Heron  
  Riparian Vegetation
2.
Restore the number and quality of coastal embayments
Sub-objectives: River Delts
· Restore embayments that have transitioned to an artificial shoreform or have been lost through conversion to uplands
·  Restore existing embayments that have been degraded
· Restore quality and quantity of tidal wetlands in coastal embayments
· Restore shoreline length of embayments
· Preserve embayments of intact tidal flow
· Preserve embayments of fewest shoreline alterations and least wetland area loss
Types of Resources Benefitted:
  Salmon
  Marine Birds
  Great Blue Heron  
  Riparian Vegetation
  Shellfish
3.
Restore the size and quality of beaches and bluffs
Sub-objectives: Bluff
· Restore sediment input by reducing degradation of bluff-backed beaches in divergence zones and transport zones of sediment drift cells
·  Improve sediment transport and accretion processes by removing subtidal and intertidal stressors contributing to process degradation
· Prevent degradation of divergence zones and bluff-backed beaches
· Protect bluff-backed beaches in divergence zones and transport zones with minimal shoreline alterations
Types of Resources Benefitted:
  Salmon
  Marine Birds
  Kelp/Eelgrass
  Forage Fish
  Beaches/Bluffs 
  Riparian Vegetation
  Shellfish
4.
Increase understanding of natural process restoration in order to improve effectiveness of program actions
Sub-objectives: Beach class
· Gather and analyze data to inform adaptive management and ensure project success
·  Gather and analyze data to inform future restoration efforts by the Corps and others
Types of Resources Benefitted:
  Salmon
  Marine Birds
  Kelp/Eelgrass
  Forage Fish
  Beaches/Bluffs 
  Riparian Vegetation
  Shellfish
  Great Blue Herons
  Orca Whales

Objectives address identified Problems in the nearshore

The Puget Sound nearshore is being loved to death.  People have impacted crucial natural movements of sand, gravel, water and animals that live in or use the Puget Sound nearshore.  And with the population of the Puget Sound expected to increase considerably over the coming decades, the impacts will continue.


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Updated July 2016