Living Shoreline Design Guidance

Shoreline Management

The Shoreline Studies Program created a course for contractors and managers that summarized our research on the performance sills around Chesapeake Bay, showed existing sites, and provided the opportunity to work through site-specific design issues.

This information is for guidance only, and should not replace professional judgments made at specific sites by qualified individuals.

Living Shoreline Design Guidelines/Manual

2021 Living Shoreline Training Course
2017 Living Shoreline Training Course

     About This Course

2010 Living Shoreline Training Course
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3

 Site Evaluation Tool Links:

Shoreline Evolution GIS Map

Site Evaluation Worksheet

Google Earth Applications:
(To view the files listed below, please make sure you have Google Earth installed on your computer. Click here and follow Google's instructions to download and install.)

These applications are useful for site data collection, but results should be verified.

Mean Tide Range.kml

The difference between mean high water (MHW) and mean low water (MLW) was calculated using NOAA's VDATUM grids

Spring Tide Range.kml

The difference between mean higher high water (MHHW) and mean lower low water (MLLW) was calculated using NOAA's VDATUM grids

NAVD88 to MLW.kml:

The elevation difference between vertical control NAVD88 and tidal datum of mean low water (MLW) was calculated using NOAA's VDATUM grids


Bathymetry showing -3.3  feet (1 meter) and -6.6 feet (2 meter) contours from EPA Chesapeake Bay Office to support SAV Program goals. 

Reference Reports

Shoreline Management in the Chesapeake Bay: Management strategies to significantly reduce shoreline erosion with cost-effective and environmentally acceptable methods.

Shoreline Evolution Reports: Locality based reports documenting how the shore zones evolved in the Chesapeake since 1937.

Shoreline  Protection and Management Plans: Examples of site and locality based shore protection plans

These projects were funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.


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