Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Living Shorelines

A  more natural approach to shore stabilization is termed Living Shorelines and uses marshes, beaches, and dunes effectively to protect the shoreline along Virginia's creeks, rivers, and bays. Numerous benefits result from this approach to shoreline management, including: creating critical habitiat for marine plants and animals, improving water quality, and reducing sedimentation. In addition, most waterfront property owners enjoy a continuous connection to the water that allows for enhanced recreational opportunities.

Living Shoreline Design Projects

Camp Occahannock
Occohannock on the Bay
Camp and Retreat Center

Accomack County, Virginia

Captain Sinclair's Recreational Area

Mid Pen Public Access Authority Gloucester County, Virginia

Hull Springs Farm

Hull Springs Farm

Westmoreland County, Virginia


 Jamestown Island
 National Park Service

 James City County, Virginia


 Leesylvania State Park

Prince William County, Virginia

Urbanna Creek

 Urbanna Creek

 Middlesex County, Virginia


 National Park Service

 Gloucester, Virginia

Robin Grove

 Robin Grove Park

 Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia