Advancing Nature-Based Solutions

An overview of living shorelines and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed permit


In June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new nationwide permit for living shoreline projects—which typically consist of vegetation combined with native elements such as oyster reefs or rock sills—to combat erosion. These natural bank-stabilization techniques provide a proven and durable alternative to hard infrastructure, such as bulkheads and seawalls, and conserve the coastal habitat of fish and marine life, shorebirds, and plants.

Speakers discussed the latest scientific research on nature-based solutions, the Corps’ efforts to advance the use of natural infrastructure projects, its Nationwide Permit Program, and the proposed living shorelines permit.


  • Charley Chesnutt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Rachel Gittman, Ph.D.
  • Laura Lightbody, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • David Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  

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Event Details

July 7, 2016

2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

via WebEx

Media Contact

Kymberly Escobar

Director, Communications