A large scale analysis of landform types and restoration opportunities identified 2 major river deltas (Nisqually and Deschutes) , 144 coastal inlets, 179 barrier embayments, and 288 beaches in the South Puget Sound. Paul Cereghino from NOAA explained that these different types of nearshore habitat were then examined looking at both degradation of the habitat and the potential of the habitat. A cluster analysis was used to group the sites into different restoration opportunities and a color coded map with recommendations was created.
One of the unique opportunities in the South Sound that Paul identified is that the South Sound has the shortest beaches in Puget Sound. This provides an interesting opportunity to engage local communities who can focus on their local beach.