North Cove erosion focus of May 9 community meeting in Tokeland

Toe rock, part of a recently installed dynamic revetment, was exposed during an April 7 storm.

TOKELAND — The public is invited to a community update about current conditions and protective actions concerning the ongoing erosion along the northernmost shores of Willapa Bay. The meeting will be hosted at the Shoalwater Bay Community Center, located at 2373 Old Tokeland Road in Tokeland, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.

Speakers from the Washington Department of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Sea Grant, Grayland Drainage District, and Pacific County Department of Community Development will share news of activities and plans to address the ongoing eroding shoreline in the areas, including the schedule for maintenance and repair this summer of sections of SR105 as well as a performance update on the recently installed dynamic revetment near the Grayland Drainage tide-gates.

The Grayland dynamic revetment project could serve as a prototype for extended protection measures along the North Cove area. Dynamic revetments mimic natural beach behaviors by allowing strategic movement of rock and large woody debris in response to wind, wave, and tidal action on the shoreline. This revetment installation protecting the Grayland tide-gate was completed late last year and successfully weathered this past winter’s storms and tides. Current status and proposed plans for extension will be discussed at the meeting

For more information about the upcoming meeting or a detailed agenda, visit the Pacific County website at www.co.pacific.wa.us or call 360-875-9337.

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