Credit 4.4: Shore Stewardship Participation
This credit applies when you involve your project in an environmental program that benefits shoreline areas.
A variety of environmental stewardship programs that assist waterfront homeowners are run by local, provincial/state and national organizations, both government and non-government based. Some local governments and non-government group run “re-tree” programs to help plant areas lacking in tree cover. “Naturescape” programs assist landowners in adding habitat features in their yards and gardens. There may also be shoreline preservation and restoration programs that offer advice, materials and incentives for environmentally friendly shore landscaping.
Where this credit applies
This credit applies to any project on waterfront properties in marine and lake environments.
How to proceed
You can find out about applicable programs in your area by contacting your local government, who may offer such programs or suggest non-government organizations that can be of assistance. Some provincial, state or national organizations conduct programs on a local scale; visit the website of such organizations to see if they have a program in the local area. Some examples are provided under “For more information” below.
Participation in shore stewardship programs will help keep your information current and provide you with “live links” to events, presentations and people who know and care about the shore.
This credit offers 2 base points.
|Shoreline Stewardship Participation||
|Integrate the project with an environmental program aimed at shoreline protection, restoration, or enhancement.||
For more information
Examples of government and non-government stewardship programs with a shoreline focus:
Washington State Dept. of Ecology – Citizen Guide: Shoreline Master Program (includes help to “find my local program”) http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/citizen.html
Friends of the San Juans – Shoreline Stewardship Program http://www.sanjuans.org/ShorelineStewardship.htm
Mayne Island (BC) Conservancy Society – Shoreline Care Program http://conservancyonmayne.com/shoreline.php
Puget Sound Partnership http://www.psp.wa.gov/