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.
Upcoming Workshops, Trainings, Meetings, & Events
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Registration Open: LSC Meeting: Living Shoreline Knowledge Sharing - April 11, 2023
Please join the Living Shoreline Collaborative for an in-person meeting on Tuesday, April 11th focused on living shoreline knowledge sharing from 1pm to 3:30pm. We also invite you to join us for lunch at noon. An agenda and additional details will be shared by email. A Living Shoreline Collaborative steering committee meeting will be held in the morning beforehand; information about that meeting will be communicated separately.
Registration FUll: CBLP Shorelines certificate course
December 2022 - march 2023
Professional development workshops designed for existing
CBLPs and professionals working along the shoreline who want to add Living Shoreline Services to their business offerings. Complete both workshops and a construction practicum to earn the certificate. Includes webinars, field workshops,
and videos presented by experienced professionals.
Learn more on the CBLP website:
Materials from Past Events
tuesday, november 1st - wednesday november 2nd 2022: living shoreline collaborative summit and field trip (VIRTUAL/in person)
The fourth Living Shoreline Collaborative Summit was held in two parts: there was a virtual component on November 1st and a field component on November 2nd. The Summit focused on creating living shorelines for the future using current best practices and adaptive management in the context of climate change. The field trip featured the shoreline in the Jamestown area with a focus on the adaptive management of existing shoreline structures while also balancing complex priorities of cultural resources, public access, ecological resources, and erosion control.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022: living shoreline monitoring (LSC Meeting, VIRTUAL)
Wednesday, June 8th, 2022: living shoreline OUTREACH AND MESSAGING (LSC Meeting, VIRTUAL)
The Living Shoreline Collaborative held a general meeting on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, from 1:30 - 3:00pm. The focus of the meeting was on a communication strategy for the Living Shoreline Collaborative. The group was led through facilitated exercises to identify key audiences and messages.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2022: living shoreline collaborative training meeting (LSC Meeting, in person)
The Living Shoreline Collaborative held an in-person meeting on Wednesday, March 9th from 1:30 - 3:15pm with an optional tour of a potential living shoreline site from 3:15 - 4:00pm. The meeting was held at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Center in Virginia Beach.
The program included a presentation by Karen Duhring of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science focused on Planting Protocols on living shorelines, updates on LSC activities, findings from Training Team activities including shoreline contractor interviews, breakout groups to inform the Training program development, and a field trip to discuss upcoming shoreline management projects and plans at the Pleasure House Point.
Wednesday, December 15: Monitoring Living Shorelines in the Lower James (LSC Meeting, virtual)
FRIDAY, November 12, 2021: URBAN SHORELINE RESTORATIONS: LESSONS LEARNED IN NORFOLK, VA
LSC partners hosted a visit field on November 12th, 2021 which featured urban shoreline restorations in Norfolk. This field visit featured two very different living shoreline sites and learn about what went right (and what didn't!). The tour featured 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 showcased projects completed recently and over six years ago. Participants heard how different shoreline techniques were employed, 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 were on site to talk about these issues and outlined 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, Bay Environmental, and the James River Association.
VIRTUAL LIVING SHORELINE SUMMIT: october 13, 2021
The third Living Shoreline Summit of the Living Shoreline Collaborative (LSC) was held on October 13th, 2021 as an online gathering. The Living Shoreline Summit included several informative panel presentations and interactive sessions for participants to network and learn about other exciting initiatives and projects beyond their watershed and Virginia. Panel presentations celebrated partnerships in the lower James River Watershed to implement living shorelines, highlighted approaches and best practices to prioritizing communities in high-risk areas to build equity more intentionally into living shoreline work, and featured living shoreline case studies from other parts of Virginia and beyond. During the Living Shoreline Summit, participants also had the opportunity to engage with presenters and each other through robust question and answer sessions, as well as interactive sessions in small groups where participants networked with each other and shared their own experiences, reflections, and approaches for working with communities in high-risk areas.
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.