Project Period: 2011-2013
The East March’s Point Groin Removal Project, completed in early 2013, removed 700 cubic yards of rock and concrete from the intertidal area in order to restore sediment transport, beach processes and enhance forage fish spawning habitat in Padilla Bay. Crews from Skagit County Public Works conducted the removal operations. Pre-construction monitoring was completed in partnership with the WSU Skagit County Beach Watcher program. Initial backshore planting was also completed and will be monitored for establishment of native backshore vegetation growth.
This project was funded through the Skagit Restoration Initiative (SRI), administered in a partnership between the Skagit Marine Resources Committee and the Northwest Straits Foundation. SRI funds are designated for projects that restore the shoreline, nearshore, or marine resources of Fidalgo Bay or Padilla Bay. This project also received funding from the Department of Ecology Coastal Protection Fund.