Design Alternatives

Different living shoreline techniques are based on the prevailing natural conditions and habitats.   Non-structural methods focus on enhancing or creating the dominant natural features already present, such as tidal marshes, beaches, and riparian forests.  The most suitable sites for non-structural methods have only minor erosion problems, low wave action and few boat wakes.  For higher energy sites with more wave action and severe erosion, the strategic placement of structures changes the physical environment to allow for the growth of vegetation and the persistence of natural habitat features.  Shellfish reefs are effective living shoreline design alternatives where the natural presence and recruitment of oysters, ribbed mussels and other shellfish are already well- established. 

Sills & Breakwaters
Shellfish Reefs