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The goal of the present study is to identify the best course of action to manage shoreline erosion in Saxis and to provide a detailed Shoreline Management Plan with Habitat Enhancement which can be presented to potential State and Federal funding agencies. While the Plan itself will not resolve the erosion conditions in Saxis, it will allow the Town to market its need and the method of resolution of this need, to agencies and leaders with the resources to implement the Plan’s suggested actions. The shoreline management plan will provide the necessary level of shoreline stabilization while minimizing adverse impacts to estuarine habitat and providing maximum habitat enhancement opportunities. The habitats needed to fulfill the life history requirements of target species desirable for Saxis Island were emphasized in the Plan. The Plan also will present opportunities to enhance local fisheries and provide increased opportunities in eco-tourism.



Shoreline Management, Chesapeake Bay, Saxis, VA

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A Technical Report of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science funded, in part, by the Virginia Coastal Program of the Dept. of Environmental Qualitythrough grant NA77OZ0204-01, Task 57 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management,under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. Funding also provided by the Town of Saxis under a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department