Ecosystem Models for the Coast – Describing Nature

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The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) developed conceptual peer reviewed models of habitats within Washington State’s marine spatial planning study area that represent important ecological components, physical drivers, and human activities within each habitat. The habitats include the large coastal estuaries of Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, rocky shores, sandy beaches, kelp forests, seafloor, and… Read more »

International Kite Festival with Sea Grant

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Join Washington Sea Grant’s Kevin Decker for an exciting weekend at the 35th annual Washington State International Kite Festival, August 22-23 at Long Beach, Washington. There are exciting events taking place all week long. Bring your own kite, make a new onw, view the incredible variety of kites and ways to fly them while enjoying… Read more »

Q&A: What is the relationship between MSP and Shoreline Master Programs?

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Q: What is the relationship between MSP and Shoreline Master Programs? A: The MSP and SMPs for Washington’s Pacific Coast share many common traits and are compatible planning processes that can be mutually beneficial. The MSP can provide information and analysis on ocean resources and uses and policy recommendations for local shoreline comprehensive updates or… Read more »

Q&A: What’s the process for Washington to use federal consistency to review federal license or federal permit in federal waters?

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Q: What’s the process for Washington to use federal consistency to review federal license or federal permit in federal waters? A: Under Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program, the Washington State Department of Ecology can seek authority to review a federal permit or license activity in federal waters in one of two ways: request approval from… Read more »

Q&A: How do Shoreline Master Programs apply to federal consistency decisions for federal actions in state waters?

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Q: How do Shoreline Master Programs apply to federal consistency decisions for federal actions in state waters? A: The Shoreline Management Act contains enforceable policies that have been incorporated into Washington’s CZMP. When a federal action occurs in state waters, the federal consistency review must evaluate how that action is consistent with the enforceable policies… Read more »

New! Final Report Released: Economic Analysis to Support Marine Spatial Planning in Washington

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Cascade Economics completed an analysis of the economies of Washington’s coastal communities. The economic analysis provides the tools and data to characterize baseline conditions for ocean uses and their important relationships to coastal communities on the Washington coast, and can be used to evaluate the economic consequences of proposed uses or planning options in the… Read more »

Q&A: What is “federal consistency”?

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Q: What is “federal consistency”? A: Under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), Section 307 is the “federal consistency” provision that gives a coastal state Washington Department of Ecology administers the state’s CZMP and is responsible for implementing the state’s coastal management program and conducting federal consistency reviews. The specific type of… Read more »

Q&A: What is Washington’s coastal zone?

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Q: What is Washington’s coastal zone? A: Under its Coastal Zone Management Plan, Washington’s coastal zone covers the full extent of 15 coastal counties, including offshore to 3 nautical miles and all inland areas of the county. Washington’s coastal zone counties are: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit,… Read more »

Q&A: What is the jurisdiction of Washington State and local governments under the Shoreline Management Act?

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Q: What is the jurisdiction of Washington State and local governments under the Shoreline Management Act? A: Washington State has jurisdiction in state waters from the shore out to three nautical miles (n.m.). The regulatory function of a local Shoreline Master Program depends on a local jurisdiction’s geographic boundaries. For counties on Washington’s Pacific Coast,… Read more »

Social Indicators Workshop & Marine Resources Committee Meeting

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Join the North Coast Marine Resources Committee meeting for a presentation from and discussion hosted by Washington Sea Grant’s social scientist, Melissa Poe.   What: Learn about the human well-being assessment project methods. Discuss the draft conceptual model results for the northern coastal counties, which were built from an analysis of 2012-2013 stakeholder workshop notes…. Read more »