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.
A Q&A with marine ecologist Rachel Gittman
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