Shoreline Best Management Practices

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

Self-Guided Decision Tools

Best for on-site shoreline evaluations.

Shoreline Management Model

GIS-based model determines appropriate practices based on available shoreline condition data.  Current version: Shoreline Management Model v. 5.1, 2019