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ccrm logoCCRM Spring 2014 Workshop: Living Shorelines in Virginia: Current Practices, Research & Policy



A workshop was held May 22, 2014 at VIMS with a focus on the Current Status of Living Shoreline Practices, Research, & Policy in Virginia. The program included presentations, panel discussions and a breakout group discussion. More than 130 coastal managers and others attended. The multi-stakeholder group developed collaborative ideas to keep the living shorelines initiative moving forward in the Commonwealth.

Final Agenda

Workshop Participants

Workshop Evaluations


Living Shorelines in Virginia: What's Happened Since the 2006 Living Shorelines Summit? Karen Duhring, VIMS-CCRM

The Ecology of Living Shorelines
Dr. Donna Bilkovic, VIMS-CCRM

Promoting Living Shorelines: Recognizing Barriers & Implementing Solutions
Kevin Du Bois, City of Norfolk

Panel Discussions

The Business of Living Shorelines: A Discussion with Private Practitioners
Jim Cahoon, Bay Environmental, Inc.
Craig Palubinski, Bayshore Design
Jeff Watkins, Riverworks

The Regulation of Living Shorelines: Local-State-Federal Consistency and Collaboration
Brad O'Berry, City of Suffolk Wetlands Board
Chip Neikirk, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Nancy Hankins, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District

Facilitated Breakout Groups

Participants were evenly divided into 3 stakeholder groups. Each group discussed 2 questions.

1. Advisory Board Members   2. Local-State-Federal Staff   3. Private Sector
Why is practice of living shorelines still challenging and what keeps more people from choosing living shorelines alternatives? (report out top 3) What are possible solutions to these challenges? (report out top 3)

Summary of Breakout Group Discussions and Reports