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Instead of using a seawall or bulkhead, living shorelines are a more natural approach to reduce erosion. They also provide habitat for fish and wildlife, clean the water, and provide easy access for activities such as kayaking, fishing, and swimming.

Property owners are beginning to use living shorelines more often, but it can be difficult to find information on permitting. To help people understand the process, a group of researchers have identified common obstacles and created training materials. The project team has hosted workshops in four states and is finalizing an online reference guide that will be available this fall.

To learn more about projects like this, visit our Habitat Resources priority issue team page or join a team.

This project is supported by Shell through our Gulf Star program. Gulf Star provides funding for projects that support healthy beaches, clean waters, productive ecosystems, and thriving coastal communities. All projects in the Gulf Star Program accomplish actions identified by the Alliance’s Priority Issue Teams and Cross-Team Initiatives in the Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts. To learn more about becoming a Gulf Star partner, contact Becky Ginn, GOMA Development Director .

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