What are the Benefits of
The transition zone between the land and water is home to many species of fish, turtles, shorebirds and other important aquatic organisms. When the shoreline is hardened with rock or bulkheads, not only is the habitat lost, but the natural ebb and flow of sediments is disrupted.
Living shorelines, also called non-structural shore erosion control, use vegetation and other natural materials to help protect land from excessive erosion while allowing the shoreline to retain its dynamic nature and habitat features. Marsh grasses provide shallow water habitat, and their deep root systems and dense foliage help reduce wave action and hold soil in place. Non-structural types of shore erosion control measures help maintain the natural function of the shoreline.
- Kevin Smith, Environmental Specialist
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Photo of London Town Publik sill
project courtesy of David Burke
Photo of London Town Publik sill project courtesy of David Burke