Registration is open for the Virtual Living Shoreline Collaborative Annual Summit. Register now!
The Living Shoreline Collaborative (LSC) is a group of regional and state partners working together to scale up implementation of resilient practices along shorelines in the tidal James River watershed. Read on for more information about the LSC.
workshops, Trainings, MEETINGS, & events
Registration is open for Fall 2021 Living Shoreline Collaborative events! Please RSVP through the links provided below.
Wednesday, September 15: in person LSC Meeting, Field Visit, and Paddle in Smithfield, VA
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm, optional paddle afterwards
The Living Shoreline Collaborative meeting will be in person and outside on Wednesday, September 15 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in Smithfield, VA. Join us after the LSC meeting for a field visit to the Windsor Castle Park Demonstration Living Shoreline. Come and learn from experts how living shorelines are beneficial to both people and the environment and what it takes to properly design a successful project. The tour will include speakers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service, and Bay Environmental. Afterwards, stick around for an optional kayak paddle to see the living shoreline up close and personal!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12: OYSTER REEF SUBSTRATES ALONG LIVING SHORELINES IN SUFFOLK, VA
9:00am - 11:30am
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance (NRPA) will be hosting a field visit and tabling event for the Nansemond River Living Shoreline Project. CBF and NRPA have installed five different oyster reef substrates along 250 linear feet of shoreline in the Nansemond River. This pioneering project is designed to be a side-by-side comparison of the various oyster substrate’s ability to maintain structural integrity, to accumulate sediment backfill, and to accrue oysters. The 250 linear feet are broken up into six sites along the Nansemond River, all of which have different bottom types, fetch distances, and upland erosion factors. This event will be comprised of two parts. One part will be a field visit showcasing one of the six sites. The second part will be a tabling event where all the various partners and oyster reef vendors are available to answer questions, display other products, and describe the install process.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13: VIRTUAL LIVING SHORELINE SUMMIT
The Living Shoreline Summit will provide updates on the Living Shoreline Collaborative, connect with other parts of Virginia around living shorelines best practices, grow and support collaborative partnership, and deepen skill sets to implement lasting living shorelines in the lower James.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29: URBAN SHORELINE RESTORATIONS: LESSONS LEARNED IN NORFOLK, VA
This field visit will be an opportunity to tour two very different living shoreline sites and learn about what went right (and what didn't!). The tour will feature two adjacent residential living shoreline projects, spearheaded by Elizabeth River Project and Bay Environmental as well as two larger living shorelines installed by the City of Norfolk, Bay Environmental, and other contractors located near the Virginia Zoo. Both sites will showcase projects completed recently and over six years ago. You will see how different shoreline techniques were employed, hear about what worked well and what did not work well, and what “fixes” were needed to ensure successful projects. The experts who planned, designed, and installed these projects will be on site to talk about these issues and outline what it takes to ensure living shorelines stand the test of (reasonable) time. Featured speakers include representatives from the Elizabeth River Project, the City of Norfolk, and Bay Environmental.
materials from past events
The Living Shoreline Academy, created by Restore America’s Estuaries and North Carolina Coastal Federation, is an online training course that will provide consultants, contractors and other professionals in the field of shore erosion control with basic information on the design and construction of living shorelines.
The Center for Coastal Resources Management, part of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, provides comprehensive information on living shorelines on their website. There are several self-guided decision tools specific to various shoreline conditions.
The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Program (CBLP) is a voluntary credential system for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes. The credential training and examination are based on a core set of standards in sustainable landscaping emphasizing stormwater retrofit best practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment. The CBLP curriculum covers a variety of best practices, including living shorelines.