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By Melody
Category: Education. Viewed 135 times. Created February 2014.     Disclaimer.   
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Should I construct a living shoreline?

                 
Do you live on a bay or estuary?
NO
Do not construct a living shoreline
 
 
 

YES








Do you have an eroding shoreline?
NO
Do nothing. Enjoy the view! Or, consider habitat restoration for the sake of habitat itself
 
 
 

YES








Do you think you must do something to fix erosion?
NO
Do nothing, erosion is a natural process in a dynamic environment
 
 
 

YES








Does your shoreline experience low-to-medium wave energy, but not high energy?
YES
Can you retreat, or do nothing?
YES
1) Do nothing 2) Retreat
 
 

NO


NO






Does your shoreline experience high wave energy?
NO
Does your shoreline experience only low energy?
YES
LSL treatment options: 1) native plants only 2) native plants + coir fiber
 
 

YES


NO






1) Retreat 2) Recognize that your house was built in a highly dynamic environment where it cannot be permanently protected forever
Does your shoreline experience more than low energy but less than high?
YES
Do oyster larval naturally settle there?
YES
LSL treatment options: 1) plants + oyster breakwater 2) oyster breakwater