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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Leesylvania State Park is located along the Potomac River in Prince William County, Virginia (Figure 1). It is one of the most highly used state parks in Virginia with attendance topping 600,000 (Anne, 2017). The project shoreline occurs on the southeast-facing Potomac River shore north of the marina (Figure 2). This section of coast is very low and is exposed to long fetches across and down river. Prior to the project, the shoreline had a scarped bank, exposed tree roots, and falling trees which was unsafe for park visitors (Figure 3).

In 2011, the Shoreline Studies Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) performed a site assessment and developed the plan for a Living Shoreline demonstration project. The project consisted of four gapped rock sills with sand fill and marsh grass plantings (Figure 4). Project partners, Virginia State Parks, VIMS, Prince William County, and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) cooperated to obtain grant funding for construction.



Shoreline management, Shore protection