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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

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The shores of Lynnhaven River are fairly sheltered coasts. In addition, much of the shoreline has existing hardened shore protection. However, much of Lynnhaven River’s shoreline is suitable for a “Living Shoreline” approach to shore-line management. The Commonwealth of Virginia has adopted policy stating that Living Shorelines are the preferred alternative for erosion control along tidal waters in Virginia ( The policy defines a Living Shoreline as …”a shoreline management practice that provides erosion control and water quality benefits; protects, restores or enhances natural shoreline habitat; and
maintains coastal processes through the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic materials.” The key to effective implementation of this policy at the local level is understanding what constitutes a Living Shoreline practice and where those practices are appropriate.

This management plan and its use in zoning,planning, and permitting will provide the guidance necessary for landowners and local planners to understand the alternatives for erosion control and to make informed shore-line management decisions.



Lynnhaven River, Virginia Beach, VA, Shoreline Management, 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