The winter 2015-2016 king tides will bring higher than normal water levels to Snohomish County marine coastline. The king tide is the highest predicted high tide of the year; during such events, low-lying shoreline development is at increased risk of flooding.
The Department of Ecology (DOE) has released tide tables which show the times for the winter 2015-2016 king tides in coastal areas of Washington State. As part of an effort to illustrate the impacts of king tides, DOE is encouraging local community members to photograph these high tides in their area. Doing so will help create a more comprehensive visual for the impacts of increased water levels. Please consider being a part of the project by submitting photographs to the Washington King Tides Project.
In order to best illustrate the impacts of the high winter tides: take photos from safe locations, in areas where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks, and withoutpeople. If possible, take a photo from the same location at low tide for comparison. Submit your king tide photographs here.
To learn more about DOE’s photo collection project, click here.
To read how king tides are helping communities prepare for climate changes, click here.
Living Shorelines Video from Restore America's Estuaries
Restore America's Estuaries has released a video on living shorelines. 'Living shorelines' is a term used to describe shoreline protection options which incorporate natural elements. The use of gravel, sand, plants, and large woody debris can create an effective way to protect against shoreline erosion and create new habitat. The video highlights Puget Sound, and goes in-depth on different effects and benefits of living shorelines. The video spotlights Snohomish County MRC member, Keeley O'Connell! Watch the video here
Caged Mussel Study Spotlight in Local News
The Snohomish County Marine Resource Committee (MRC) is one of many groups that has partnered with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a caged mussel study recently highlighted in the Bellingham Herald. The goal of the study is to measure the level of stormwater contaminants that reach Puget Sound. The study will begin later in the month when mussel cages are deployed at 73 different locations along Puget Sound. Caged mussels will be collected in February and analyzed for contaminant levels. This data will contribute to ongoing studies that monitor the effects of stormwater in Puget Sound habitat and species.
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