Funded Research Leads to New Living Shorelines

A living shoreline can be the best defense against erosion. Incorporating a combination of built and nature-based erosion control techniques can be more cost-effective and environment-friendly than hard erosion control structures. Project researchers studied various factors and developed tools that engineers and planners can use to determine the suitability of different kinds of living shorelines along the Connecticut coast. This included assessing patterns of coastal erosion as well as the type and location of existing coastal protection approaches and developing a model of storm wave characteristics.

The project, which received over $425,000 in NOAA funding following Superstorm Sandy, used this data to develop a website that provides living shoreline suitability information and a related map viewer. These efforts were followed up by meetings with local communities. As a result, several locations are under consideration or under construction for living shoreline installations, including New Haven, Greenwich, Fenwick, and Old Saybrook. (2017)

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