Integrated Nearshore Priorities Project
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The Integrated Nearshore Priorities project is an effort led by the Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) to bring together results and outputs from existing landscape-scale assessments in a spatially-explicit manner to further inform ecosystem recovery and management priorities in Puget Sound. The project is a combination of research, GIS analyses, and mapping inspired and vetted by an interagency technical workgroup. This summary report describes the needs addressed by this project, the workgroup process, idealized and realized elements of integration, a proof of concept exercise, and recommendations for expanding the effort.
- This effort created line work that supports comparison of PSNERP nearshore geodatabase, Puget Sound Characterization Project data, the ShoreZone Geodatabase, the Feeder Bluff Mapping project, and parcel data used in the Social Marketing to Reduce Shoreline Armoring effort.
- An initial test of concept involved identification of beaches, with intact sediment supply and forage fish spawning, at the greatest risk of future development, as a potential target for protection.
- A final report has undergone review by the workgroup (not sure of its status).
- Two appendices were submitted that may have a bearing on future spatial planning work:
- File:Cereghino 2014 DRAFT nimble spatial reassessment.pdf describes a strategy for developing flexible and accessible assessment strategies that increase participation and integration of prioritization processes.
- File:Cereghino 2014 DRAFT integrated spatial assessment units.pdf describes an approach for integrating PSNERP, Watershed Characterization and Floodplains by Design spatial analysis into a shared regional spatial framework.