Chesapeake & Coastal Service - Project Considerations

Shoreline and intertidal habitats are critical parts of the coastal environment. The success of a living shoreline project depend on many factors including, but not limited to, knowledgeable contractor, appropriate design, effective construction, and monitoring after project completion. Because shorelines are influenced by a number of natural processes and human impacts, site visits are recommended to determine the most appropriate management technique.


If you would like to know whether your shoreline is suitable for a Living Shoreline project; about assistance available to explore a Living Shoreline project on your property; or interested in speaking with someone about specific living shorelines questions or other resources (publications, mapping tools, etc.), contact Bhaskar Subramanian at 410.260.8786.


Typical steps in the construction of a living shoreline project are:

  1. Request a site visit.
  2. Research erosion rate, fetch, etc.
  3. Discuss options no action, moderate (living shoreline), and extreme (structural).
  4. Financial assistance zero interest loans, low-interest loans, and Grants.
  5. Identify and contact contractors for design bid.
  6. Permits application joint Federal and State/Local permits.
    • Federal, State, and Local permits are critical for any shoreline work. For federal and state permits, contact the Tidal Wetlands Division at: 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230 or call 410-537-3837.
  7. Bid for construction.
  8. Construction.
  9. Planting.
  10. As-build determination.
  11. Final inspection.
  12. Follow-up inspection/monitoring.


Contact Information

Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8732
Fax 410-260-8739
customerservice@dnr.state.md.us