​​​Contact Information
Wesley Gould
Shoreline Conservation Section Chief
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2​
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8812​

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.”

Albert McCullough
(Sustainable Science, LLC)


Living Shorelines

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 com​bination with sand, other natural materials and/or marsh plantings. These techniques are used to protect, restore, enhance or create natural shoreline habitat.​

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Living Shorelines: Advantages Limitations
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Living Shoreline Law
​View the laws influencing living shorelines,​ including the Living Shorelines Protection Act and the Revised Critical Areas Laws.

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