Monitoring

Monitoring of the site has been conducted to measure the status and development of the shoreline enhancements, and also generate data that will help guide future restoration efforts along this and other urbanized shorelines. The main goal of monitoring is to test if nearshore enhancement at the Olympic Sculpture Park has improved habitat for biota as compared to unrestored adjacent shorelines.  We collected data on assemblages of fish, invertebrates, algae, and vegetation, and conducted sediment surveys and beach profiling.  Monitoring results will help us determine if shoreline enhancements along the urban waterfront provide beneficial habitat for nearshore biota, and if the physical structures (e.g., pocket beach) will remain intact without frequent beach sediment nourishment or stabilization efforts.