Living Shorelines

Project Summary: Living shorelines show great promise in coastal SC as a tool to control erosion, increase habitat, and protect our coasts from hazards both short-term (storms) and long-term (sea level rise). The SC DNR and ACE Basin NERR have constructed oyster-reef based living shorelines on public land for 15 years and now, along with SC DHEC and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, are taking a closer look at how they have performed over time. The groups will also install new living shorelines to test a variety of methods in different conditions.

This work will provide the scientific basis for SCDHEC-OCRM to develop a regulatory process to address the design and permitting of living shorelines. The goal is to provide homeowners a way to protect their estuarine shoreline by using living shorelines rather than a bulkhead or other hard structure.

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This work is sponsored by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, which supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. The Science Collaborative* is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the University of Michigan Water Center.

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