The Port of Olympia, in collaboration with the City of Olympia and the Squaxin Tribe developed a science-based assessment of environmental restoration opportunities for the West Bay shoreline in Olympia, WA. The assessment supports the implementation of habitat restoration and water quality strategies and also includes evaluations of recreational opportunities within the project study area, particularly in West Bay Park and the lagoon located south of the developed park.
Twelve restoration alternatives were developed and 18 potential stormwater improvements identified. Taken as a whole, the potential restoration projects provide the opportunity to enhance the ecological functions of West Bay. Connecting the restoration sites would promote natural coastal processes and resiliency compared to piecemeal efforts at isolated sites. The concepts also include overlays of recreation opportunities that would accommodate increased public use of the shoreline.