Elliott Bay Seawall Habitat Enhancements Walking Tour
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The City of Seattle is completing the replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall along its downtown urban waterfront to protect critical infrastructure and residential/commercial buildings from seismic and coastal storm damages over the next 50 years. An integral part of the seawall replacement was the design and installation of numerous features to enhance the nearshore marine shoreline along the seawall for salmon migration and to improve nearshore productivity and the food web. This workshop includes presentations on the science, permitting, and construction of the habitat features and a walking tour to view key parts of the newly replaced seawall. Topics will include:

• The City’s waterfront and infrastructure program
• Understanding urban waterfront ecosystem problems and opportunities
• The science of planning/designing habitat features
• Permitting strategy and successes for overall project
• Construction and monitoring of the habitat features

Attendees: Please be prepared for rain and wind and a 1 to 2-mile walk.

Mark Mazzola, Seattle Department of Transportation
Mark Mazzola is the Environmental Manager for the Seattle Department of Transportation. Mark serves as the environmental lead for the City’s Elliott Bay Seawall and Waterfront Seattle projects, which together represent over $1 billion worth of investment in Seattle’s central waterfront. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas.

Merri Martz, PWS, Anchor QEA, LLC
Merri Martz is a senior managing scientist at Anchor QEA, LLC. She was the environmental and habitat lead for the consultant team supporting the Seattle Department of Transportation for the feasibility and design phases of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Pacific Union College, a M.S. in Chemistry from U.C. Santa Cruz, and a M.M.A. in Wetland Ecology from the University of Washington. She has been managing and designing habitat restoration and enhancement projects throughout the U.S. since 1994.

Stuart Munsch, PhD, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Stuart Munsch is a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service that recently earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His graduate research examined fish ecology along modified shorelines, which informed the construction of Seattle's fish-friendly urban waterfront.

Heather Page, Anchor QEA, LLC
Ms. Page is a principal environmental planner with Anchor QEA managing environmental processes on a variety of complex projects with a focus on infrastructure within or adjacent to aquatic systems. She manages and prepares National and State Environmental Policy Act environmental documentation, ranging from exemptions/exclusions to Environmental Impact Statements. Ms. Page also leads the permitting process from design through construction for design-bid-build and design-build projects, including providing environmental compliance support during construction. As part of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project, she managed environmental studies conducted by Anchor QEA and was responsible for preparing and implementing a permitting approach.

Jennifer Horwitz
Ms. Horwitz is a managing environmental planner with Anchor QEA with a focus on public infrastructure projects. She has over 20 years of experience in community and environmental planning, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. She has been the lead planner on numerous National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, as well as consultation under the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Ms. Horwitz has extensive experience in tribal consultation, with attention to natural resources, cultural resources and treaty fishing. Ms. Horwitz served in the role of environmental compliance manager over the four-year construction period of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project.


Self-guided Tours of the Elwha

Photo: Steve Ringman
The Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula once produced large runs of huge salmon that supported generations of indigenous peoples and then provided a bounty for settlers. Two dams built nearly a century ago cut off all but five miles of river from the salmon and cause precipitous declines in their runs and changes throughout the watershed extending deep into the Olympic Mountains. Now the dams have been removed, the largest project of this type in the world, and the salmon are returning. For the 2018 annual conference NAEP will be providing information packets on the Elwha dam removal and nearby areas for self-guided tours. Information will include directions to sights on the Elwha, suggestions for where to stay and visit in the area, and sources of background information. The Elwha area is about a three hour drive from Tacoma, WA and easily reached before or after the conference.
Please visit Wikipedia or the National Park Service to learn more! 

Dine-Around Tacoma

In addition to featuring several local eateries as part of the Dine-Around Tacoma event, one of the dinners will be held at the Forum, an historic building within several blocks of Hotel Murano. This dining venue will be part of the Historic Brewery Tour, hosted by the Historical Resource Associates (HRA).

Following the dinner at the Forum, the tour will cover other historic breweries in close vicinity such as the Odd Otter and Pacific Brewing. The other dining venues for Dine-Around Tacoma will be announced as they are confirmed.

Dinners for Dine-Around Tacoma are scheduled from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Historic Brewery Tour will continue after the dinners, and participants from other event locations would be allowed to participate.

Port of Tacoma Boat Tour


This tour will feature a waterside tour of the 2,700-acre Port of Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s south harbor, the third-largest container gateway in North America. The Port of Tacoma's real estate and marine cargo operations generate more than 29,000 jobs and nearly $3 billion in economic activity. Combined, marine cargo operations at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma support 48,000 jobs and generate nearly $4.3 billion in economic activity.
Port staff and consultants will discuss port history, operations, environmental legacy/remediation, stormwater, and environmental review and permitting for port development and re-development projects.

Commencement Bay is part of Puget Sound, a large waterway carved out by glaciers over several Ice Ages and connected to the Pacific Ocean. The Puyallup River, which begins at Mount Rainier, flows into Commencement Bay, creating a large delta area, or tideflats. Over the past 150 years, mainly before environmental laws were created, the tideflats were filled to create industrial land to support the industrial revolution and war-time industries which contributed to pollution issues.

In 1981, the Environmental Protection Agency listed Commencement Bay and the industrial nearshore/tideflats as one of 115 top-priority hazardous waste sites targeted for action under the initial national priority list of Superfund/Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Since then, extensive remediation and restoration projects have been implemented to restore Commencement Bay.

On-going source control and stormwater laws have been implemented to prevent recontamination. Environmental review and permitting addresses nine Endangered Species Act-listed species and associated critical habitat, state fish and wildlife resources, cultural resources, shoreline and critical areas, fish and wetland mitigation, transportation, and other NEPA/SEPA topics. This tour will allow you to view much of this area and hear about on-going efforts to maintain a healthy working waterway. It will be both educational and fun.