Shoreline Restoration

Shoreline Restoration

Shorelines are often stabilized with hardened structures, such as bulkheads, revetment, and concrete seawalls. Ironically, these structures often increase the rate of erosion, remove the ability of the shoreline to carry out natural processes, and provide little habitat for estuarine species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and many other federal and state governments are working to implement more natural bank stabilization techniques called “living shorelines.” This approach uses plants, sand, and limited use of rock to provide shoreline protection and maintain valuable habitat.

Living shoreline projects utilize a variety of structural and organic materials, such as wetland plants, submerged aquatic vegetation, coir fiber logs, sand fill, and stone. The benefits of living shorelines include:

•  Stabilization of the shoreline.
•  Protection of surrounding riparian environment.
•  Improvement of water quality via filtration of upland run-off.
•  Creation of habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species.

Kleinschmidt provides “cradle-to-grave” services for shoreline restorations including, baseline monitoring, existing condition mapping, invasive species control, conceptual design, permitting support, final design (including planting plans, grading plans, construction specifications, design details, and cross sections), bid support, and post-construction monitoring.

 

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