Who Professionals and others interested in planning, designing, permitting or implementing shoreline projects, including town staff and land use board members, regulatory agency staff or coastal landowners.
When  Friday, April 8, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where On Zoom
Registration Registration has concluded.

Questions? Email Lynn Vaccaro – Lynn.E.Vaccaro@wildlife.nh.gov 

Watch a recording of the workshop presentations, including an overview of living shoreline approaches and suggested designs for four sites around Great Bay

This virtual workshop was the culmination of a facilitated design process for living shorelines in Great Bay that involved 24 design professionals, UNH researchers, and staff from several agencies. This workshop aimed to:

  • Introduce living shoreline approaches that are suitable for Great Bay, including engineering, planting, and permitting considerations.
  • Present suggested designs for four properties that illustrate how living shoreline techniques can address diverse goals and site conditions.
  • Generate momentum to advance living shoreline approaches in New Hampshire.

This workshop was part of the Great Bay Living Shorelines Project, which included an 8-month professional development program for professional wetland scientists, engineers and landscape architects. Participants developed suggested 50% Designs for four properties around Great Bay to illustrate the range of ways living shorelines could be designed for Great Bay.

Living shoreline approaches use plants, stone, sand fill and other organic material to stabilize shorelines and enhance coastal habitats. Nature-based techniques can help protect shorelines as seas rise and erosion pressure increases, but designs need to be customized for a particular site. The NH DES Living Shorelines webpage provides additional resources, including an opportunity to request a free property profile to help determine if your property is suitable for a living shoreline.

The Great Bay Living Shorelines Project is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with matching support from the Town of Durham. The project is led by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program, the University of New Hampshire, the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Piscataqua Regional Estuary Partnership, the Great Bay Stewards, and the Strafford Regional Planning Commission.