Living Shorelines Move from Plans to Reality

The Takeaway: A new accomplishments report proves that the state’s living shorelines strategy is bearing fruit.

In 2015, 203 of the state’s real estate professionals and 162 landscape architects, engineers, and marine contractors attended living shoreline workshops. Eighty-five percent of real-estate professionals said they intend to apply the information to their work, and eighty percent of architects, engineers, and contractors said the same. Their projects are benefiting from an updated guide highlighting new research, stabilization methods, and materials.

Educational signage at four living-shoreline sites helps North Carolinians “see” the scenic and functional advantages, and updated shoreline information for the 20 coastal counties makes estuarine shoreline maps more accurate.

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve spearheaded this NOAA-supported project. (2017)

Partners: Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, North Carolina Sea Grant, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science