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Living Shorelines Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost?

Site Conditions

Low Energy

(Non-structural: Biologs and Vegetation)

Medium Energy

(Hybrid: Segmented sills, jetties, or groins with natural beach shoreline and/or marsh plantings)

High Energy

(Structural: Offshore breakwater)

Material Cost Per Linear Foot




Due to the wide variety of conditions at each potential living shoreline site, costs vary from site to site. The costs listed above do not include expenses related to labor, surveys, field studies, modeling, design, permitting or special equipment. Information provided by Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Living Shorelines Brochure.

2. Are living shorelines maintenance free?
No, some maintenance is required to keep living shorelines functioning properly. Some of the maintenance activities may include: removing debris and dead plants that may accumulate, identifying and removing invasive species, installing geese exclosures, and repairing damage from severe storms or ice.

3. Do I need permits for a living shoreline project?
Yes, you do.  Altering shorelines has the potential to impact the environment and/or adjacent property owners.  The permitting process is required by law and is designed to protect you and the environment. You will need a Statewide Activity Approval (SAA) for Shoreline Stabilization Projects form to initiate the approval process. For more information about the permit process, please contact the Wetlands and Subaquous Lands Section.

4. Where can I see a living shoreline project?
You can view existing projects and their locations by visiting or by clicking the links below to see more detailed information in the flyers.
Indian River Marina Living Shoreline
Lewes Ball Field Living Shoreline
Blackbird Creek Reserve Living Shoreline

5. I am interested in learning more about living shorelines, what do I do?
There are multiple organizations that hold training opportunities for contractors, consultants, engineers and researchers. See the side bar for upcoming trainings. If you have a specific question please email Alison Rogerson or call 302-739-9939.

Living Shoreline Quick Links:
What is it?

Current Projects


Are you a contractor, engineer, consultant or are just plain interested in learning more about living shorelines? Then these conferences and courses are for you.

Next Up:

More info coming soon on 2019 trainings.

Past Trainings

Interested to see what our Living Shoreline trainings are like?  Take a look at the Agenda below, and click through some of the presentations.

2016 DE Living Shorelines Training
Lewes, DE
March 2016
Agenda & Presentations

2017 DE Living Shorelines Training
Lewes, DE
March 2017
Agenda & Presentations

2018 DE Living Shorelines Training
Lewes, DE
March 2018
Agenda & Presentations

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