Maven’s Notebook –
A living shoreline is a shoreline protection alternative that relies on the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic materials to protect the shoreline. A living shoreline is an alternative to ‘hard’ shoreline stabilization methods like rip rap or seawalls, and can provide numerous benefits such as nutrient pollution remediation, habitat, and buffering of shorelines from storm erosion and sea level rise. Living shorelines can include any shoreline management system that is designed to protect or restore natural shoreline ecosystems through the use of natural elements and, if appropriate, man-made elements.
At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Marilyn Latta from the Coastal Consevancy and Katharyn Boyer from San Francisco State University gave a presentation on living shoreline projects in the San Francisco Bay.
Marilyn Latta manages the San Francisco Bay Living Shoreline Project for the Coastal Conservancy. The state Coastal Conservancy has been a partner in many of the initial living shorelines efforts in the Bay, either through leading demonstration projects, providing grant funding, or providing training.
She presented a map put together by Rachel Gittman what shows the coastline hardening that has happened around the US coastline.