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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Mathews County, Virginia is located along the western shore of Chesapeake Bay and is at the eastern end of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula (Figure 1). Eighteen dune sites were identified along the Mathews County shoreline by site visits performed in 1999 and 2000. Of those 18 sites, 13 are located on Chesapeake Bay (Figure 2). It is the intent of this publication to provide the user with information on the status of dunes in Mathews 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.



Dunes, Mathews County, VA, Chesapeake Bay, 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.