Puget Sound properties with rocky shorelines—such as many in the San Juan Islands—typically have low erosion rates. They are also less likely to be modified because the rocks provide natural shoreline protection. Still, it’s wise to follow proven management practices that reduce erosion and help maintain healthy habitat.
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WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Make sure rainwater and roof runoff are diverted away from the waterfront, leave native trees and vegetation intact, and build stairs and trails in a way that allows for natural erosion but doesn’t aggravate it.
ON ROCKY SHORES
- Divert rainwater and runoff away from the waterfront
- Leave native trees and vegetation intact
- Build stairs and trails to allow for natural erosion