provided funding for the production of this document. This guidance has been developed as a companion to the Department of Ecology’s SMA Guidelines and critical areas protection guidance offered by the Community, Trade, and Economic Development Department. This guidance provides a synthesis of current science on several important nearshore habitats and processes, and directions for where to find data and specific recommendations for moving through the mitigation sequence; from avoidance of new activities and reducing impacts from approved activities, to mitigating for cumulative impacts. In addition to helping local planners prepare SMP updates, this document will also assist Ecology in their review to ensure that SMP updates are based on good science. WHY PROVIDE THIS GUIDANCE? Increasing human population growth combined with the desirabilit
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