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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Northumberland County, Virginia is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. Primary tidal shorelines extend from Smith Point southward to Indian Creek along Chesapeake Bay and northwestward up the Potomac River to the Yeocomico River. Fifty-nine (59) dune sites were identified along the Northumberland County shoreline. Thirty seven (37) were located on Chesapeake Bay and the remainder along the Potomac River. It is the intent of this publication to provide the user with information on the status of dunes in Northumberland County. This information comes from research performed in 1999 and 2000 which was presented in a report entitled “Chesapeake Bay Dune Systems:Evolution and Status (Hardaway et al., 2001). Since much of the data was collected several years ago and the beach and dune systems may have changed, this report is intended only as a resource for coastal zone managers and homeowners; it is not intended for use in determining legal jurisdictional limits.



Northumberland County, VA, Dunes, Shoreline Management


This project was funded by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Coastal Resources Management Program through Grant #NA17OZ11142-01 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended