The Federation has worked with a number of communities on the rivers to replace bulkhead and revetment with natural “living shoreline” projects. These projects are a natural alternative to fully armoring a shoreline with rip-rap or bulkheads. They provide shoreline stabilization by working with the wave energy on the rivers and creeks to prevent erosion and provide vital habitat for animals, such as terrapins and horseshoe crabs that spend critical phases of their lives at the water’s edge. These living shorelines are stabilized with native shrubs and grasses and also provide important nesting and feeding areas for shorebirds and other wildlife.
There are now a number of grant and low interest loans sources available to property owners and community association looking to install living shorelines. For instance, MD Dept. of Natural Resources offers a 0% interest loan program for living shorelines.
If you are interested in pursuing a living shoreline for your own property, or for community property, please contact the Federation and we would be glad to provide technical assistance.
You can browse the many living shorelines and other projects managed by the Federation that are recorded in our data map by clicking on the image below. (After the full map opens, look to the right side and click “Creeks,” “Stations,” or “Projects” to facilitate your search.)
More to come. Thanks for your patience as we work through the transition.