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May 17, 2019

How is the Seattle seawall faring?

Photo by Rhoades Clark, courtesy of Downtown Seattle Association [enlarge]
Kayakers paddle alongside the new Elliott Bay Seawall.

University of Washington research scientists will present their initial findings from an ongoing, 10-year evaluation of Seattle's new Elliott Bay Seawall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 23 at Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave. in Seattle.

In 2017, the city of Seattle completed major elements of the project, replacing the aging, failing seawall along the waterfront and improving the lost nearshore environment, according to a Waterfront Seattle website. It says the seawall protects public safety, meets current seismic standards, improves the salmon migration corridor, will last more than 75 years and acts as the foundation of Seattle's future waterfront.

The original seawall was built between 1916 and 1934, and was composed of some 20,000 old-growth timber piles.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle is presenting the talk as part of The Source spring speaker series.

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y59e2mzb.

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