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Living Shorelines: Design & Build Criteria

The main objective for living shorelines is to create wide vegetation and sand buffers on gradual slopes.  Choosing the right living shoreline design option depends on the site location and erosion factors, such as wind, wave activity from storms and boat wakes, and bank height. 

Do I have the right site conditions for a living shoreline project? These links will help determine what treatment is best for your shoreline.

decision tree

CCRM Decision Trees - leads users through a series of questions about shoreline characteristics and results in a recommendation of the environmentally preferable treatment(s) for that shoreline

marsh planting

Non-structural Options (for low energy shorelines)

marsh sill

Hybrid Options (structure used to assist marsh and wetland plant growth in medium and higher energy shorelines)


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marsh planting Decision tree Structural Options