Marine shorelines are dynamic
and highly energetic coastal environments. The Whatcom County marine
shoreline is comprised of multiple components, including: feeder bluffs,
beaches, driftways, rock shores, tidelands, spits, and other types of
coastal shore forms.
The formation of marine shoreline features and their continued contribution to, or renewal of, the marine shore environment are dependent on influences from wave, tidal, streamflow, landslide, erosion, and longshore transport processes.
The varied sectors of the coastal environment resulting from these processes provide a diverse array of habitat and recreational opportunities.