A comprehensive report detailing the work at the third National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be released this summer. The event, which ran March 25-28, brought nearly 300 people representing 24 states and four countries to Tacoma, Wash.
Key themes emerged from more than 36 breakout sessions, Washington Sea Grant symposium coordinator Nicole Faghin said in a statement. Jobs and the economy stood out as the main subjects of working waterfronts and increased storm events and coastal hazards raised new concerns.
Important legislative efforts at the state and federal levels were discussed as conferees talked about how to balance the conservation of fragile waterfront environments with coastal access and job protection.
There is a human interest narrative that is not well understood and affects the outcome of policy decisions," Faghin said in a statement. "Who are the people catching the fish or working in these jobs? We need to recognize the historical importance of not only the land and waterways, but also the people working on our waterfronts."