Living Shorelines

What is a Living Shoreline?

Hard barriers such as seawalls, bulkheads, and revetments are the classic method of shoreline protection. However, these create a barrier between land and water, eliminating ecosystem function and shoreline adaptability. Living shorelines are a green infrastructure approach to shoreline protection that support resilient communities, adapt to changing sea levels,  and self-repair damage from storm events. They are created by installing a combination of native plants, oyster reefs, and seagrass. The plant and animal structures provide shoreline protection by gradually dispersing wave energy, as well as habitat for fish and birds.

How We Build Living Shorelines

Living shorelines are a more eco-friendly alternative or can be used in addition to traditional armoring methods. Living shorelines can be designed to provide either a natural or more traditional landscaped look and can be tailored to provide views or privacy, space for a dock, and/or a beach. Just like any other habitat, a living shoreline involves more than a single species and can incorporate a variety of grasses, shrubs, and trees, and oysters. The exact mix will depend upon how salty the aquatic environment is, the shore profile, and how many views or privacy the landowner wants.

Florida Oceanographic Society has multiple restoration programs (FLOOR and FOSTER) and the expertise needed for the creation of Living Shorelines in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. 

Are you interested in a Living Shoreline on your property? Contact us!

Email: lsimpson@floridaocean.org

Phone: 772-225-0505 Ext. 114

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