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Beaches form where wave action erodes shorelines creating an intertidal bench of mobile sediment
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Beaches dominate much of Puget Sound’s shoreline. They are characterized by the active transport of sediment by wave action. They can be divided into those associated with coastal bluffs, where the coastline has retreated landward, and those associated with barrier beaches, where sediment has been deposited seaward of the original coastline. Barriers are numerous and include spits, tombolos, cuspate forelands and a variety of other forms. Most Puget Sound beaches (other than the pocket beaches along rocky coasts) exhibit net longshore transport of sediment and the development of discrete littoral drift cells, within which sources and sinks for sediment and a direction of net transport can be defined. (from Shipman 2008)

Beaches are organized into sites based on the extent littoral drift cells. The 2500 miles of Puget Sound shoreline has been divided into 744 distinct littoral cells where the presence of bluff-backed beach indicates the likely presence of sediment input and transport along retreating coastal bluffs (Cereghino et al 2012).

Littoral drift cells are units of beach that include a source of sediment, conveyance of sediment along the shoreline, and a sink for sediment, either at a convergence zone where two drift cells merge, or offshore below the depth of wave action. Shipman 2008 differentiates between beach systems with littoral drift, and pocket beaches where sediment is relatively contained.


Beach Topics[edit]

The following pages summarize topics associated with beaches. A topic page encompasses a body of knowledge and referenced several efforts and documents.

Beach Sites and Places[edit]

The following sites are in beaches:

Beach Restoration Efforts[edit]

Other Beach Efforts[edit]

Beach Products[edit]

The following Product pages are categorized with Beach.

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ASBPA ESRP BeachServices presentation v3.pptx  •  Beechie et al 2017 salmon habitat status monitoring.pdf  •  Berry et al 2001 shorezone users manual.pdf  •  Breems & Goodman 2009 wood waste assessment and remediation.pdf  •  Carls et al 1999 herring PAH exposure effects  •  Cereghino 2010 beach ecosystem restoration programs.pdf  •  Cereghino 2014 DRAFT Integrated Nearshore Assessment.docx  •  Cereghino 2014 DRAFT nimble spatial reassessment.pdf  •  Cereghino et al 2022 beach nourishment science sprint.pdf  •  Detheir et al 2020 snohomish railroad grade nourishment.pdf  •  Dethier 1990 puget sound shoreline classification.pdf  •  Dethier et al 2016 impacts of armoring  •  Dethier et al 2020 snohomish beach nourishment monitoring report.pdf  •  Drummond et al 2018 Poster edgewater bulkhead removal and boat lidar.pdf  •  ESRP BeachServices ASBPA 102023.pdf  •  Ehinger et al 2015 DRAFT beach habitat value.pdf  •  Ehinger et al 2015 nearshore habitat value HEA.pdf  •  Finlayson 2005 lowland puget sound topobathymetry  •  Finlayson 2006 geomorphology of puget sound beaches.pdf  •  Fresh 2006 juvenile salmon in nearshore.pdf  •  Fresh et al 2004 guidance restoration protection.pdf  •  Fresh et al 2006 sinclair inlet salmon use.pdf  •  Friends of San Juans 2004 forage fish restoration and protection.pdf  •  Friends of the San Juans 2014 armoring impacts and sea level rise.pdf  •  Galster & Schwartz 1990 ediz hook case study erosion and mitigation  •  Gelfenbaum et al 2006 nearshore research strategy  •  Gerstel et al 2012 kitsap sediment supply poster.pdf  •  Gerstel et al 2012 kitsap shoreline sediment source analysis.pdf  •  Goetz et al 2004 PSNERP restoration principles.pdf  •  Gustafson et al 2006 cherry point herring status.pdf  •  Guttman 2009 backshore vegetation.pdf  •  Harper & Ward 2001 beach spawning fish and shorezone types.pdf  •  Hayes et al 2011 bulltrout use in skagit bay  •  Henderson et al 2018 Poster boat lidar shoreline inventory.pdf  •  Johannessen & MacLennen 2007 beaches and bluffs white paper.pdf  •  Johannessen & Waggoner 2008 lummi shore road monitoring.pdf  •  Johannessen et al 2014 marine shoreline design guidance.pdf  •  Kramer et al 2010 shoreline no net loss framework.pdf  •  Kramer et al 2010 using PSNERP for SMPs.pdf  •  Krueger et al 2010 sea level rise on forage fish spawning.pdf  •  Lambert & Chamberlin 2023 beach nourishment science synthesis.pdf  •  Lambert & Chamberlin 2023 non-natal rearing.pdf  •  Lanksbury et al 2017 mussel monitoring survey 2015-2016.pdf  •  MacDonald et al 2013 elwha nearshore workshop proceedings.pdf  •  MacLennan et al 2017 beach strategies phase one summary.pdf  •  MacLennan et al 2017 north sound feeder bluff armor removal study.pdf  •  NOSC 2005 intertidal forage fish spawning sites Jefferson Kitsap Mason counties.pdf  •  Norris & Fraser 2009 eelgrass near port angeles.pdf  •  Pentilla 2007 forage fish marine puget sound.pdf  •  Penttila 2001 shading and surf smelt egg survival.pdf  •  Quinn et al 2012 surf smelt spawning camano island  •  Raymond et al 2022 heat wave and shellfish  •  Redmond et al 2005 nearshore salmon recovery plan.pdf  •  Reeves et al 2002 shorezone and beach spawning fish presentation.pdf  •  Rossenkotter et al 2007 nearshore salmon recovery gap analysis.pdf  •  Ruggiero et al 2013 coastal shoreline change  •  Schlenger et al 2011 PSNERP strategic needs assessment.pdf  •  Seattle 20xx green shorelines outreach.pdf  •  Seattle 20xx green shorelines outreach.pdf  •  Shipman 2008 puget sound landform.pdf  •  Shoreline Monitoring Database  •  Stick et al 2014 herring stock status 2012.pdf  •  Toft & Heerhartz 2015 juvenile salmon movement and shoreline armoring  •  Tuohy et al. 2018 chum non-natal habitat use.pdf  •  Vines et al 2000 creosote and herring spawn  •  WDNR 2013 piling and creosote removal BMP.pdf  •  Wait et al 2007 west whidbey nearshore fish use.pdf  •  Weiner et al 2018 Poster high resolution mapping puget sound shoreline.pdf  •  Weiner et al 2018 mapping bluffs and beaches  •  Whitman & Hawkins 2014 armoring impacts of forage fish.pdf  •  Whitman et al 2012 san juan salmon recovery planning.pdf  •  Zu Ermgassen et al 2016 oyster restoration objectives for ecosystem services.pdf

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