Environmental reporter Christopher Dunagan notes in his blog “Watching Our Water Ways” that for the second year in a row, more bulkheads have been removed from the Puget Sound than were constructed—this per data from the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
Bulkhead removal is part of the effort to restore priority habitat. Priority habitats “include shorelines used by forage fish, such as surf smelt and sand lance, as well as feeder bluffs, which deliver sands and gravels needed for healthy beaches.” Some bulkheads are physically located on forage fish habitat and some block the delivery of sand and gravel to the beach. Dunagan notes that though “we cannot say whether the armoring removed has restored more valuable habitat than what was destroyed by new structures,” we can hope that’s the case.
Source: Dunagan, Christopher. “Foot by foot, shoreline bulkhead removal outpaces construction.” Kitsap Sun. Watching Our Waterways blog. 23 Oct. 2016. Web. http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2016/10/23/foot-by-foot-shoreline-bulkhead-removal-outpaces-construction/ accessed 23 Oct. 2016.