Living Shorelines

West & Rhode Riverkeeper works with a number of private landowners and community groups to build living shorelines. Living shorelines are different from conventional erosion control techniques because they stop erosion while they absorb nutrients from the water and also provide beneficial habitat. Terrapins, shorebirds, horseshoe crabs and fish frequently forage and nest in living shorelines.

Living shorelines commonly consist of placing minimal stone structures in the water in front of the property and filling the area between the land and stone with coarse sand fill and marsh grasses.

Current Projects

The State of Maryland has selected Franklin Point State Park as only one of two Coastal Resiliency Grant Program projects in Anne Arundel County to help communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of climate change, extreme storms and weather.

DNR will partner with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper to design a climate-resilient living shoreline at Franklin Point State Park. The proposed 2,500 linear foot project will stabilize the existing peninsula to increase resiliency of the park and nearby communities. Additionally, the department is working to align dredging operations to pilot the beneficial use of dredged material at the location.

We’re about to select an engineering firm to design the project. Once that firm has drafted a preliminary concept for the design, we will present it in public meetings to the Columbia Beach association and other community organizations for their input. The design phase should be completed in one year. Construction would start in 2019.

Completed Projects:

950 feet long Living Shoreline on Southern Point of YMCA Camp Letts between Sellman Creek and Bear Neck Creek on the Rhode River
(Completed in 2015)
This project was funded by a grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust.

80 feet long Living Shoreline on Bear Neck Creek, off Germantown Road
(Completed Summer of 2013)
This project was funded by a grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust and dedicated landowners.

120 feet long Living Shoreline on Bear Neck Creek, off Overhill Road
(Completed Summer of 2014)
This project was funded by a grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust and dedicated landowners.

450 feet long Living Shoreline on Popham Creek, off Bayfields Road
(Completed Summer of 2014)
This project was funded by a grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust, an interest free loan from MD DNR and a very dedicated landowner.

Resources:

MD Department of Natural Resources

Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant program

Contact Us:

Jeff Holland
West & Rhode Riverkeeper
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
443-758-7797
jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org