Grays Harbor, Washington Estuary Management Plan

by Kent A. Lind, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Marc J. Hershman, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Management of Coastal Lagoons and Enclosed Bays


This paper examines the estuary planning process in Grays Harbor, Washington, from the motivating conflicts, through plan adoption and implementation. Collaborative planning was viewed as a means of reducing persistent conflicts over the use of the Grays Harbor estuary, and as a way to increase the predictability of the decision-making process. The planning process in Grays Harbor took seventeen years and was complicated by constantly evolving policies at the state and federal level. Before judging the success of the Grays Harbor Estuary Management Plan, several key questions must first be answered.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Ports and harbors | Coastal management | Dispute resolution | Decision making | Coastal processes | Construction management | Motivation | United States | Washington | California

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