‘Defending infrastructure’ is traditionally done thru bulkheading. This involves placing large rock and or sheet pile along the shoreline, which in turn ironically causes a swift and expensive increase in erosion, and rapid unbraiding of nearshore ecosytem function. Revetments such as along the Port Angeles landfill shoreline are expensive and futile-maintenance costs for these armaments can average $2000 per feet per year (based on City of Port Angeles utility costs), and at best only slow erosion rates by half.
Comparision of unarmored Dungeness and armored Elwha feeder bluffs
of sediment starvation and fully restore our nearshore Elwha-but we have to act now. Stay tuned for details on what CWI is discovering as we work to protect and restore our nearshore ecosystem-and how you can become part of the solution.