North Carolina Coastal Federation asked the United States Army Corps of
Engineers to act quickly to adopt a new general permit for living
shorelines to help waterfront property owners recover from Hurricane
shorelines are an effective and more natural erosion control strategy
that use plants and small structures to help stabilize estuarine
shorelines,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the federation.
“Many people with eroded shorelines and destroyed bulkheads can now
benefit from the issuance of this permit.”
in the month before Hurricane Florence was even formed, the Wilmington
District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began soliciting public
comments regarding a general permit for living shorelines. The comment
period is set to close on Oct. 4. The federation is now urging the
Corps to adopt this permit immediately after the close of the comment
period in order to help property owners address erosion issues caused
by Hurricane Florence. The permit will provide a more streamlined
regulatory process for installing living shorelines.
bulkheads and other hard erosion control structures typically used as
shoreline stabilization methods around coastal sounds, creeks and
rivers were severely damaged during the hurricane. Based upon a
preliminary evaluation conducted by the federation, dozens of the
federation’s living shoreline projects installed over the past two
decades are still intact and functioning well in areas heavily impacted
by the hurricane.
important that the Corps approve the general permit, now more than
ever, so that property owners are able to install living shorelines
more efficiently and help protect their properties from future storm
damages,” said Miller.
addition to living shorelines outperforming hardened structures during
storms, this erosion control method is often cheaper and more
cost-efficient and it provides habitat for marine life and filters
pollutants from stormwater runoff.
locations where a living shoreline is the best practical erosion
control method, waterfront property owners need to ask their marine
contractors for them rather than replacing or building new bulkheads,”
request, the federation will provide property owners with detailed
information about living shorelines, and it has a list of marine
contractors with past experience installing these types of shorelines.