Good Policy, More Tests for Living Shores

By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

While more sea walls may soon be necessary to adapt to rising seas, softer, greener, nature-based shorelines will also be important buffers for our cities and waterfronts. Wetlands, oyster reefs, eelgrass beds, and other natural features of shores and shallows figure largely in a number of ambitious, multi-partner restoration projects over the last decade. To date, more than 10 such projects have been or are being restored around the Bay, encompassing more than 200 acres of shoreline and nearshore areas. “We need larger living shoreline projects and we need them fast, so we need to experiment and learn before we scale up, said biologist Katharyn Boyer, of the Estuary and Ocean Science Center, at the 2019 State of the Estuary Conference.”

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