Chesapeake & Coastal Service - Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines is a concept that has been called differently over the years. One of the most contentious topics in the field of living shorelines is its definition. Since different groups have their own definitions, DNR defines living shorelines as follows:


"Living shorelines are the result of applying erosion control measures that include a suite of techniques which can be used to minimize coastal erosion and maintain coastal process. Techniques may include the use of fiber coir logs, sills, groins, breakwaters or other natural components used in combination with sand, other natural materials and/or marsh plantings. These techniques are used to protect, restore, enhance or create natural shoreline habitat."



Living Shorelines: Advantages Limitations
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Financial and Technical Assistance

Financial and Technical Assistance

Find all necessary assistance information regarding living shoreline funding and implementation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers from homeowners, local governments, and professionals.

Trainings and Workshops

Trainings and Workshops

Find information for local trainings and workshops and access presentations from past seminars and workshops.

Living Shoreline Law

Living Shoreline Law

View the laws influencing living shorelines, including the Living Shorelines Protection Act and the Revised Critical Areas Laws.

Contact Information

Bhaskar Subramanian

Shoreline Conservation Section Chief

Chesapeake & Coastal Service

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Tawes State Office Building E-2

580 Taylor Avenue

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Phone 410-260-8734

Fax 410-260-8739

bsubramanian@dnr.state.md.us

Living Shorelines Video

“Working with shoreline defining forces as opposed to defending against is the essence of the living shoreline approach. Characterizing the wave climate and predicting the shoreline response is most critical to define how to best balance habitat restoration with shoreline protection.”

Albert McCullough
(Sustainable Science, LLC)