Contact Information

Bhaskar Subramanian
Shoreline Conservation Section Chief
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8786
Fax 410-260-8739


 Training and Workshops

Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit
2013 Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit

“Where have we been? Where are we now? Where are we going?”

Proceedings and Video Presentations - NOW AVAILABLE

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Restore America’s Estuaries were pleased to co-host the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit, an in-depth discussion of the state of science, policy, and practice of Living Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Summit was a two-day collaborative meeting highlighting the latest advancements in Living Shoreline research, design, implementation, and policy. The format encouraged an open dialogue about past and current restoration practices, barriers to implementation, and ways to strengthen the Living Shorelines Community across the Mid-Atlantic region. Brainstorming sessions motivated collaboration within and between sectors to identify gaps and challenges limiting effectiveness within the Living Shorelines field.

The diversity of the Living Shorelines Community was reflected in the range of participants from local, state, and federal governments, nonprofit organizations, marine contractors, environmental consultants, academia, private industry, and resource managers. By exploring a variety of themes and topics, it was hoped that the Summit would propel research, restoration practices, and policy forward, galvanizing the community of practitioners, and stimulating collaboration amongst participants and constituent groups from across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Summit at a Glance

The 2013 Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit centered on the questions: Where have we been? Where are we now? Where are we going?

Topics explored:

  • Research
    A review of the most relevant research since the 2006 Summit addressed the fields of ecology, water quality, and engineering. By sector (e.g. research, science, and monitoring, project managers and program implementers, design and build, and regulatory and policy), participants explored outstanding questions and ways to resolve those questions.

  • Implementation and Innovative Techniques
    Implementation of new and emerging technologies in design and construction were reviewed, as well as the effectiveness of those techniques under different circumstances. “Lessons learned”, as well as the success of current restoration practices in meeting the goals of habitat enhancement, shoreline protection, and erosion control were examined.

  • Policy, Programs, and Regulatory
    An overview of local, state, and federal laws, regulations, programs, and policy provided the backdrop for an examination of the barriers to Living Shoreline implementation, and approaches to overcoming those barriers. Highlighted in this section was the identification of non-regulatory tools and techniques intended to further the pace and scale of Living Shoreline projects.


Extensive appendices document results of information gathering sessions addressing identification of critical research needs, performance data queries, and means of coalescing the Living Shorelines Community. Resources such as programs, publications, web resources, and organizations intended to encourage and expand Living Shoreline implementation are also listed. ​​​

Additional Resources

  • Agenda click here.

  • Attendee's List click here.

  • Speaker and Moderator Biographies click here.

  • State Regulation at a Glance click here.

  • Steering Committee and Organizing Staff, click here.

  • Sponsors and Exhibitors, click here.

  • General questions - contact Sasha Land at:

Video and PowerPoint Presentations

Opening Remarks

Setting the Stage

    expand Understanding Lessons from Science
    expand Evolving Living Shorelines: Techniques & Performance
    expand Adapting Living Shorelines: Forward Thinking
    expand Using Performance Data to Drive Change
    expand Recognizing Barriers & Identifying Solutions
    expand The Business of Living Shorelines

    Closing Remarks

    expand Professionals Workshop – Centreville, MD (February 22, 2010)
    expand Homeowners Workshop - Kent County (March 29, 2008)
    expand Homeowners Workshop – Calvert County (September 27, 2008)
    expand Local Government Workshop – Calvert County (June 10, 2009)