A team of colleagues from municipal and state government, nonprofits, and private consultants, led by Pete Slovinsky, Marine Geologist at Maine Geological Survey, installed pilot living shorelines construction projects in May and early June in Brunswick.
Living shoreline is a broad term that encompasses a range of shoreline stabilization techniques along estuarine coasts, bays, sheltered coastlines, and tributaries.
The team set up demonstration sites at Wharton Point and Maquoit Bay Conservation Lands in Brunswick (a third site, Lanes Island in Yarmouth, is still under consideration). Recycled and aged oyster shell and fallen trees were chosen as treatments as they beneficially reuse naturally occurring materials common to Casco Bay.
CBEP is leading a long-term (five-year) monitoring program to track the efficacy of the different installations in curtailing erosion, the impacts of the treatments to surrounding habitats, and how well these installations can survive in Maine’s harsh winter climate.
Learn more about this project on the Maine Geological Survey website here.
Photos: Maine Geological Survey