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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

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With approximately 85 percent of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline privately owned, a critical need exists to increase awareness of erosion potential and the choices available for shore stabilization that maintains ecosystem services at the land-water interface. The National Academy of Science recently published a report that spotlights the necessity of developing a shoreline management framework (NRC, 2007). It suggests that improving awareness of the choices available for erosion control, considering cumulative consequences of erosion mitigation approaches, and improving shoreline management planning are key elements to minimizing adverse environmental impacts associated with mitigating shore erosion.



Shoreline Evolution, Westmoreland County, VA, Chesapeake Bay, Aerial Photography, Human impact, GIS

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This project was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environ-mental Quality through Grant #NA11NOS4190122 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended