The Washington State University Extension Water Resources Leadership Team is providing a full day class – intended for both real estate professionals and waterfront property owners – that details impacts of shoreline development and how to best work with natural processes that occur along shorelines. I’ve been to a similar class in the past and it was quite interesting and informative; it includes classroom time plus a shoreline field visit to have hands-on discussion and learning.

The instructors will cover the following topics:
Natural shoreline processes
Bluff processes
Signs and risks of landslides
Avoiding natural hazards
Issues of human modifications, including bulkheads
Shoreline stabilization
When to contact a consultant
Alternative methods of erosion control
Regulatory framework
Field visit to a shoreline site (wear weather appropriate clothes)

The class is 8:30am – 4:30pm way out in Shelton (about 1.5 hour drive from Seattle) and costs $120 (which includes materials, refreshments, and lunch). Contact and registration information is available on their website.

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