Scott Andrews describes how the armoring of shorelines and the construction of bulkheads or walls of rocks, known as riprap, impact the critical shoreline habitat around Puget Sound. Often built on the upper beach, they block the natural functioning of the nearshore and degrade habitat for forage fish spawning and lead to loss of finer beach sediments. These impacts will worsen as the sea level rises against these hardened structures blocking the upward migration of the shoreline, squeezing out the nearshore between rising waters and vertical walls. Learn what is being done to address these growing impacts.
Scott Andrews is Senior Program Manager for Audubon Washington. He has a Masters in Watershed Management/Forestry and a law degree, and he worked for 19 years for the Swinomish Tribe as Environmental Compliance Manager. Andrews has also worked for several environmental organizations, including as Director of the Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club, state agencies and the Nebraska Legislature.
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The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.