Measuring Water-Dependency: A Puget Sound Example

by Robert F. Goodwin, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Fostering water-dependent industry through allocation of urban shoreline sites is an important coastal management goal. But water-dependency is an elusive term to define operationally. A study of establishments occupying shoreline parcels in Puget Sound's urban harbors over two decades (1962-82) reveals the changing degree to which specific industries have been concentrated on shoreline sites, and, hence, their changing degree of water-dependency. The uneven discrimination among marine-related industries provided by the Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC) limits precise measurement of water-dependency.

Subject Headings: Industries | Urban areas | Site investigation | Standards and codes | Sea water | Industrial facilities | Municipal water | Land use | Washington | United States

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