Advancing Green Infrastructure and Living Shoreline Approaches

Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), The Nature Conservancy, and state coastal management programs throughout the Northeast have been working together to increase understanding and application of living shorelines or nature-based approaches to coastal infrastructure. This project was made possible through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Advancement of Green Infrastructure and Living Shoreline Approaches in the Northeast (Grant #NA16NOS4730013). Project partners published a Living Shorelines State of the Practice Report, developed profiles for living shorelines, evaluated regulatory issues associated with living shoreline practices, hosted workshops, and worked with local communities and stakeholders to advance living shoreline projects. NROC is pleased to highlight select products and outreach materials from this multi-year project conducted from May 2016 through April 2019.

Living Shorelines State of the Practice Report

This comprehensive report highlights practical considerations and guidance for property managers, regulators, coastal municipal leaders, scientists and practitioners, who are interested in advancing nature-based restorative approaches (living shorelines) policies and practices.

Living Shorelines State of the Practice

Living Shoreline Profiles

Living shoreline profiles (also included in the State of the Practice report) provide an overview of techniques, conceptual designs, case studies, siting characteristics, and regulatory topics for several types of living shoreline projects that practitioners and regulators can use as a quick field reference or educational tool. Download the overview and complete set of living shoreline profiles or access profiles by living shoreline type below.




Resources and Presentations from Living Shoreline Workshops

NROC and its partners hosted workshops, training sessions, and site visits to engage municipal planners, builders, residents and community leaders in working together to advance nature-based solutions for resilient shorelines throughout the Northeast.

Living Shorelines for Stable Shores: A Learning Workshop for Municipal Staff and Volunteers
Greenland, New Hampshire – 18 April 2018

Resilient Shores: Green Solutions Workshop
Falmouth, Massachusetts – 12 April 2018

Going Green – Furthering Living Shorelines in Maine
Portland, Maine – 6 April 2018

Shoreline Stabilization Options for Newington’s Fox Point Area
Newington, New Hampshire – 26 March 2018

Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice Workshop
University of Connecticut, Groton, Connecticut – 20 November 2017

Engineering Living Shorelines in Tidal New Hampshire
Portsmouth, New Hampshire – 26 October 2017

Building Resilient Coastal Bluffs / Casco Bay Regional Meeting
Portland, Maine – 11 September 2017

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience – NOAA Training
University of Connecticut, Groton, Connecticut – 23 May 2017

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience
Wells, Maine – 17 May 2017