Protecting and restoring the nearshore of the central and western Olympic Peninsula. CWI provides leadership, scientific technical expertise, and coordination on a number of projects the North Olympic Lead entity (NOPLE) has identifed priorities for restoration, including Ewlha nearshore, Crescent Bay and Salt Creek, Twins, and Clallam Bay nearshore.
Defining and promoting nearshore ecosystem services. CWI leads efforts to promote understanding local, regional, and cross regional importance of nearshore habitat function of the north coastal Olympic Peninsula. A high priority is working with our Clallam County and Earth Economics collaborators to define-for the first time- the ecosystem services provided by nearshore habitats. Priority areas are kelp beds, estuaries, lower rivers, and feeder bluffs found along shorelines.
Educating our next generation of co-managers and reseachers. We have a new generation of scientists and co-managers recruiting to the natural and physical sciences. It is important to provide meaningful research and educational experience to impart and maintain the understanding of our watersheds that we have worked so hard to achieve,and continue towards our goal of locally based wise long term stewardship with a minimum of 'shifting baseline' that erodes our natural resources.
Resources to address these priorities are very tight. CWI is dedicated to supporting efforts to address these priorities in times of diminishing financial resources and increasing human pressure.
Feeder bluffs feeding beach building and surf smelt spawn material along Dungeness drift cell (Left) Twin nearshore by Tom Roorda (right)