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Tuesday, October 18 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
S4. Promoting Living Shorelines along waterfront properties: opportunities and challenges

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AUTHORS: Jeff Beal, Steve Rockwood, Kent Smith - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

ABSTRACT: Worldwide, the hardening of waterfront properties to reduce erosion using heavily-engineered solutions (eg, seawalls, revetments) threatens coastal waterbodies such as estuaries. These structures decrease littoral habitat, contribute to water quality degradation, and are often short-term expensive fixes. In tidal areas, they restrict adaptive management in lieu of stressors such Sea Level Rise, contributing to “coastal squeeze.” Techniques are currently available as alternatives to shoreline hardening using predominantly natural products (oyster shell, rock, coquina, natural fiber fabrics, native plants). These “Living Shorelines” often provide cost-effective long-term solutions to erosion while providing nutrient uptake and habitat for fish and wildlife. When properly designed and maintained, Living Shorelines afford the dissipation of wave energy, subsequent baffling of nearshore sediments, and, in places, accretion. Numerous successful Living Shorelines projects have been implemented throughout the southeastern U.S. In some locations, fringing tidal wetlands have been installed as a key component of these projects. As a result of recent changes to state and federal permitting requirements, these types of projects are gaining in popularity and ease of implementation. Challenges remain, however, in terms of promoting these concepts to public/private interests given the long-standing historical use of hardening techniques. Given recent Living Shoreline project successes, this practice is now a well-recognized tool for developing resiliency for shorelines along estuaries.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Louisiana Room

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