Green Futures Lab

August 13, 2020

Sweetgrass Shorelines Restoration

Website coming soon on the Living Shorelines Puget Sound page –

Sweetgrass Restoration Project

The Sweetgrass Project is about creating living shorelines along Seattle and King County’s urbanized waterfronts. The University of Washington’s Green Futures Lab will work with shoreline stakeholders to test innovative ecological designs that improve water quality and habitat for salmon and wildlife. Sweetgrass bulrush historically lined our shorelines, providing habitat and holding shorelines in place. The Sweetgrass Restoration Project aims to recreate these living shorelines along our urbanized waterfronts. The project will engage researchers, professionals, decision-makers and stakeholders to collaborate in project planning, design, installation, monitoring and assessment to improve water quality and shoreline resiliency.

The Sweetgrass Project will convene shoreline stakeholders to identify and test innovative ecological designs that improve water quality and habitat for salmon and wildlife.

Current Team:

Nancy Rottle – Principal Investigator
Mason Bowles – Technical Lead
Tim Lehman – Project Coordinator
Jenn Engelke – Senior Field Researcher, Design Lead
Emma Petersen – Project Support