Shoreline and intertidal habitats are critical parts of the coastal environment. The success of a living shoreline project depend on many factors including, but not limited to, knowledgeable contractor, appropriate design, effective construction, and monitoring after project completion. Because shorelines are influenced by a number of natural processes and human impacts, site visits are recommended to determine the most appropriate management technique.
If you would like to know whether your shoreline is suitable for a Living Shoreline project; about assistance available to explore a Living Shoreline project on your property; or interested in speaking with someone about specific living shorelines questions or other resources (publications, mapping tools, etc.), contact Bhaskar Subramanian at 410.260.8786.
Typical steps in the construction of a living shoreline project are:
- Request a site visit.
- Research – erosion rate, fetch, etc.
- Discuss options – no action, moderate (living shoreline), and extreme (structural).
- Financial assistance – zero interest loans, low-interest loans, and Grants.
- Identify and contact contractors for design bid.
- Permits application – joint Federal and State/Local permits.
- Federal, State, and Local permits are critical for any shoreline work. For federal and state permits, contact the Tidal Wetlands Division at: 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230 or call 410-537-3837.
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401