Green Shores for Homes (GSH) focuses on positive steps to reduce the impact of residential development on shoreline ecosystems, and helps waterfront homeowners restore natural shorelines and enjoy the many benefits they bring.
Led by the City of Seattle in partnership with San Juan County in Washington and the Stewardship Centre for BC and Islands Trust in British Columbia, GSH addresses both marine and lake environments.
The Green Shores for Homes program is based on four guiding principles:
- Preserve or restore physical processes—the natural actions of water and sediment movement that maintain healthy shorelines.
- Maintain or enhance habitat function and diversity along the shoreline.
- Prevent or reduce pollutants entering the aquatic environment.
- Avoid or reduce cumulative impacts—small individual effects that add up to large impacts on shoreline environments.
For further information about Green Shores for Homes visit www. greenshoresforhomes.org