NOAA has released a Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines, which outlines how the agency promotes living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique.
Living shoreline is a broad term that encompasses a range of shoreline stabilization techniques. While methods may vary, a living shoreline generally incorporates vegetation or other living, natural “soft” elements. These can be used alone or in combination with “harder” shoreline structures, like oyster reefs or rocks, for added stability.
Living shorelines reduce erosion while providing habitat value and enhancing coastal resilience. For a full definition of living shorelines, consult the Guidance.
Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines Highlights:
– NOAA living shorelines guiding principles
– NOAA’s role in providing science, tools, and training to help select appropriate techniques
– How to navigate NOAA’s potential regulatory and programmatic roles in living shorelines project planning
– Questions to consider when planning a shoreline stabilization effort.
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