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Central Puget Sound Watershed

Puget Sound Shoreline Stewardship Guidebook

Do you live on or own beachfront property on Puget Sound? Are you wondering how to protect your property while preserving its beauty and ecological value?

Cover - Puget Sound Shoreline Stewardship GuidebookThe new Puget Sound Shoreline Stewardship Guidebook answers questions about:

  • Geology and erosion that can affect your property
  • Taking advantage of natural shoreline protection
  • Managing rain runoff
  • Using native plants
  • Controlling aggressive non-native plants
  • Maintaining septic systems

Updated in 2002, it is full of information that will help you care for your beach or bluff while protecting your home. Suggestions on how to protect water quality also are included.

The guidebook is tailored to meet the particular needs of King County residents. It lists websites and phone numbers for learning more and getting help from local sources.

Download Here:

Puget Sound Shoreline Stewardship Guidebook (Acrobat file, 3.7 MB).


More About the Sound and its Shorelines

Picture of flyer "Beyond the Beach: the Nearshore Environment"Beyond the Beach
More information on beaches, bluffs, and the "nearshore" environment and what you can do to help keep it healthy.


Cover, State of the Nearshore Ecosystem ReportLearn More About the Science!
State of the Nearshore Ecosystem Report

If you're interested in learning more about the Puget Sound ecosystem and why your beach or bluff is important, check out this 2001 publication. It's the first attempt to provide a comprehensive assessment of current knowledge about the health of Puget Sound shorelines in King County. It also includes the most up-to-date understanding of "nearshore" ecological processes that affect Puget Sound.

Other Ways to Make Your Yard and Home Beach- and Salmon-Friendly

  • Northwest natural yard and garden care
    Tips and resources for keeping your lawn and garden looking good while protecting your children and the environment.
  • Sustainable building
    Good ideas that will help you improve your home and property in an environmentally-sustainable way.