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New Research to Inform Sustainable Shoreline Design, Placement and Monitoring

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Thursday, April 11, 2019
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3:30 PM ET


Christine Angelini, Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida 
Stuart Findlay, Aquatic Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 

Jennifer Raulin, Manager, Chesapeake Bay-Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserve 

Denise Sanger, Research Coordinator, ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve

Eric Sparks, Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University

Sponsors: NERRS Science Collaborative ( or 

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Abstract: Living, or “soft,” shoreline stabilization techniques include a set of strategies for maintaining shoreline stability while also providing ecosystem services. A living shoreline enhances features of the natural environment to preserve shoreline integrity -- slowing erosion and absorbing wave energy -- while also promoting ecological benefits such as increasing habitat diversity, reducing water pollution via captured runoff, and providing pathways for wetland migration.

Members of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and partners, in part supported by Science Collaborative resources, have been studying how different shoreline techniques perform in different coastal locations from Mississippi to New York, and also developing tools to increase their use. 

This webinar will: a) facilitate a candid panel discussion of the lessons learned, management implications and next steps related to a series of applied research projects focused on better understanding the benefits of living shorelines; and b) give audience members the opportunity to engage and ask questions about opportunities and challenges surrounding living shorelines.

This webinar will discuss the following projects:
Re-Engineering Living Shorelines for High-Energy Coastal Environments

Assessing Ecological and Physical Performance of Sustainable Shoreline Structures

Evaluating Living Shorelines to Inform Regulatory Decision-Making in South Carolina

End User-Derived Research to Improve the Effectiveness, Sustainability, and Prevalence of Coastal Restoration Projects

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