Living Shorelines is a concept that has been called differently over the years. One of the most contentious topics in the field of living shorelines is its definition. Since different groups have their own definitions, DNR defines living shorelines as follows:
"Living shorelines are the result of applying erosion control measures that include a suite of techniques which can be used to minimize coastal erosion and maintain coastal process. Techniques may include the use of fiber coir logs, sills, groins, breakwaters or other natural components used in combination with sand, other natural materials and/or marsh plantings. These techniques are used to protect, restore, enhance or create natural shoreline habitat."
Financial and Technical Assistance
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Trainings and Workshops
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Living Shoreline Law
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Shoreline Conservation Section Chief
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Living Shorelines Video
“Working with shoreline defining forces as opposed to defending against is the essence of the living shoreline approach. Characterizing the wave climate and predicting the shoreline response is most critical to define how to best balance habitat restoration with shoreline protection.”
(Sustainable Science, LLC)