Understanding and Using Sea Level Rise Projections for Washington State


February 6, 2019

Grays Harbor College, Room 4134 A+B

Aberdeen, WA


9:30 AM        Registration

10:00 AM        Introduction and welcome               Nicole Faghin, Washington Sea Grant (WSG)

10:05 AM        Background on Washington Coastal Resilience Project                  Paul Dye, WSG

10:15 AM        Examples of how you might be using sea level rise               Nicole Faghin, WSG

10:30 AM        Explanation of sea level rise projections                                       Ian Miller, WSG

11:20 AM        BREAK

 11:30 AM        Case Studies: using 2018 SLR Projections

 12:30 PM         LUNCH - on your own

  1:30 PM         BREAKOUT SESSION:  Applying projections to coastal projects


·      PLANNING:  Seaport Landing, Aberdeen (Michael Stringer, MFA) 

·      INFRASTRUCTURE:  North Shore Levee, Aberdeen (Kris Koski, City of Aberdeen)

·      INFRASTRUCTURE: Moon Island Road, Hoquiam (Brian Shay, City of Hoquiam)

·      BEACH: Titlow Park, Tacoma (Clayton Beaudoin, Site Workshop)

·      ROAD:  WSDOT Bridge Project, Moclips (Simon Page, WSDOT)

   3:00 PM         FEEDBACK FROM BREAKOUT SESSIONS                                                                

Katrina Radich, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Nicole Faghin, WSG                                                                                                                                                   

  3:30 PM         WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON?                                        Jackson Blalock, WSG/TNC

  4:00 PM         ADJOURN


Clayton Beaudoin, Site Works Project

Clayton Beaudoin is a landscape architect and partner for the Seattle-based design firm, Site Workshop. He is currently involved in the design, documentation and construction of five of Tacoma’s popular waterfront parks – Owen Beach, Titlow Park, Waterfront and Central Parks on the Foss Waterway, and the Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance.

 Jackson Blalock, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Washington Sea Grant and The Nature Conservancy

Jackson works toward coastal resilience through collaborative projects and process‐based environmental education, focusing on coastal hazards adaptation across Washington’s shorelines and ecosystem based management in Willapa Bay.  His degrees in architecture and landscape architecture build off of years assisting grassroots rebuilding and stormwater management efforts after Hurricane Katrina.  

Paul Dye, Washington Sea Grant

Paul Dye is the Assistant Director for Outreach at Washington Sea Grant, where he guides the work of 17 specialists who are placed in coastal communities and educational institutions throughout Western Washington. He has a background in conservation and a particular interest in using habitat conservation and restoration to mitigate coastal flooding and erosion. He coordinates the Washington Coastal Resilience Project and was a co-author of the multi-agency proposal.

 Kris Koski, City of Aberdeen

Kris Koski is Aberdeen's City Engineer and is responsible for managing, planning, and improving the City's storm drainage system and floodplain. He is a professional engineer in Washington with 10 years of experience as a private consultant and three years of experience at the City of Aberdeen.

Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant

Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist for Washington Sea Grant, based in Port Angeles, and lead author on our recently published sea level assessment for Washington State.

Simon Page, Washington State Department of Transportation

Simon is a hydrologist with 30 years of experience with water resources projects including watershed planning, flood hazard reduction, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, storm drainage planning, water quality monitoring and aquatic, wetland, and riparian habitat restoration. He provides technical support statewide on projects involving fish passage, bank protection, floodplain issues and climate change.

Michael Stringer Maul Foster & Alongi

Michael specializes in projects at the interface of the natural and built environments. He has experience in assessment of environmental and community development challenges, building consensus, and establishing decision platforms to support project implementation.

Brian Shay, City of Hoquiam

Brian Shay is the City Administrator for the City of Hoquiam responsible for all operations of the City including, serving as the public works director.  Brian has been with the City for over 14 years and has more than 24 years of experience in local government management.