Additional information about Shore Erosion Control:


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Shore Erosion Control

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Shore erosion control is an integrated process that impacts both aquatic and upland resources. An authorization from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and a permit from a local government are required prior to starting a project.

MDE’s regulations require that a proposed Buffer Management Plan (BMP) and a Buffer Notification Form (BNF) be submitted as part of the shore erosion control application.

For further information about MDE’s review process visit the MDE website.

Many local governments use customized forms for submission to them of a Buffer Management Plan. Please contact your local permit office for any additional forms.

By requiring the BMP and BNF at the beginning of the review process, MDE, the Critical Area Commission, and local governments can work together to ensure that any impacts to the Buffer resulting from a shore erosion control project are minimized and, where appropriate, mitigated or restored.