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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 existsto increase awareness of erosion potential and the choices available for shore stabilization that maintainsecosystem services at the land-water interface. The National Academy of Science published a report thatspotlights the need to develop a shoreline management framework (NRC, 2007). It suggests that improvingawareness of the choices available for erosion control, considering cumulative consequences of erosionmitigation approaches, and improving shoreline management planning are key elements to minimizingadverse environmental impacts associated with mitigating shore erosion.
Actions taken by waterfront property owners to stabilize the shoreline can affect the health of the Bay
as well as adjacent properties for decades. With these long-term implications, managers at the local levelshould have a more proactive rolein how shorelines are managed.Preserving its natural environmentis a local priority particularly inregard to future developmentconsiderations (Gloucester County,2016). The shores of Gloucesterrange from exposed open-riverto very sheltered creeks, and thenature of shoreline change variesaccordingly (Figure 1-1). Thisshoreline management plan isuseful for evaluating and planningshoreline management strategiesappropriate for all the creeksand rivers of Gloucester. It tiesthe physical and hydrodynamicelements of tidal shorelines tothe various shoreline protectionstrategies.



Shoreline Management, Chesapeake Bay, Gloucester County, VA

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This project was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA15NOS4190164 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.