Guidance intended to help regulators, property owners, and others make decisions regarding coastal resources 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