Shoreline Environmental History: Making it Visible with Public Art and Historic Interpreation—An Olympia, Washington Case Study

by Julia L. Walton,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: This paper briefly describes the efforts under-way to understand and celebrate Olympia, Washington's shoreline environmental history by tracking its influence on water quality, marine resources, urban form and infrastructure function in the waterfront zone. 'The Olympia Historic Beach Walk Project' proposes to weave the shoreline environmental history throughout downtown Olympia through the use of historic markers and public art pieces placed along the original shoreline. This project is designed to frame current environmental programs in the context of the history of public decision making, reuse of land, and changes in public valves as they manifested in the built and natural environment.

Subject Headings: History | Environmental issues | Case studies | Shoreline | Water quality | Municipal water | Water resources | Beaches | Decision making | Washington | North America | United States

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