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Considerations for a Living Shoreline

A coastal landowner whose property is experiencing erosion has multiple options ranging from creation or restoration of natural shoreline habitats like salt marshes and oyster reefs; to hybrid shorelines that include both natural habitat and built infrastructure (like rock sills); to built infrastructure like seawalls and bulkheads. The option that is best suited to a given site depends on physical conditions of the site including near shore topography and wave energy among other factors. Other considerations include; regulatory and permitting requirements, construction/maintenance costs, and finding a qualified marine contractor.