June 14, 2018 – Shoreline Best Practice Case Studies: What Nature-Based Shorelines Look Like & How They Work

Case Study Reviews
Shoreline Program Updates
Concurrent Indoor & Outdoor Experiences
VIMS Offshore Breakwaters and Beach Nourishment Case Study

Bruce Pfirrmann DCR-SEAS & [[v|milligan,Donna Milligan]], VIMS Shoreline Studies Program

Preferred features in beach nourishment and offshore breakwater projects were demonstrated, including:

  • a wide, dynamic beach created with suitable sand
  • a stable planted dune area
  • properly sized breakwater structures

This case study also illustrated how a historically armored (bulkhead) shoreline was converted to a nature-based feature & how submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) can affect project designs.

Living Shorelines: Beaches & Dunes Story Map

VIMS Teaching Marsh Case Study 

[[v|christine,Christine Tombleson]] & [[v|julieb,Julie Bradshaw]], VIMS-CCRM

Preferred features in living shoreline tidal marshes were demonstrated at the Teaching Marsh, including:

  • wide planted marshes with both low and high marsh
  • a low-profile marsh sill
  • gradual slopes with future marsh migration area, salt- and flood-tolerant native plants in the riparian buffer
  • an oyster restoration reef
  • co-benefits of multiple habitats located in close proximity

Living Shorelines: Marshes & Oysters Story Map

Drone Demonstration 

[[v|kory,Kory Angstadt]], VIMS-CCRM

How a Mavic Pro drone is being used for CCRM shoreline and wetlands research was demonstrated, including the steps required to create a flight plan, capture still and video images, collect elevation data, and the process of converting all of the collected images and data into meaningful analyses.


  VIMS Teaching Marsh - 3D Point Cloud

Hands-On Shoreline Management Tools  

[[v|molly,Molly Mitchell]] & [[v|tamia,Tamia Rudnicky]], VIMS-CCRM

This station provided an opportunity to learn about and practice using GIS mapping tools at individual computer stations.  After a short introduction to various tools, CCRM staff provided guidance and answered questions while users practiced using the tools.  

Scenarios to direct you to the right tool (pdf)

Available Tools (pdf)

CCRM Tools

Wetlands Board e-Handbook
[[v|mason,Pamela Mason]], VIMS-CCRM & Clay Bernick, Clay Bernick Environment & Sustainability, LLC

This session introduced a proposed e-Handbook for Wetlands Boards explaining what it is and what should be included.  Participants were asked for input and feedback about what contents are most needed to support best practice policies and efficient regulatory programs. 

Wetlands Management

The Center for Coastal Resources Management focuses our shoreline management technical guidance on proposed living shoreline projects.  The Center continues to provide site visits and detailed advice on living shorelines.  Applicants can contact [[v|christine,Christine Tombleson]] / 804-684-7912 for more information.