Guidance for choosing environmentally friendly practices based on surrounding shoreline conditions.
It is the Commonwealth’s policy that living shoreline practices are the preferred alternatives where possible. The definition of a living shoreline means a shoreline management practice that:
- provides erosion control and water quality benefits;
- protects, restores or enhances natural shoreline habitat; and
- maintains coastal processes
through the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic materials. Code of Virginia § 28.2-104.1
Best for on-site shoreline evaluations.
GIS-based model determines appropriate practices based on available shoreline condition data. Current version: Shoreline Management Model v. 5.1, 2019