1st Edition

Living Shorelines
The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection

ISBN 9781498740029
Published March 2, 2017 by CRC Press
499 Pages 12 Color & 149 B/W Illustrations

USD $115.00

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Book Description

Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-based Coastal Protection compiles, synthesizes and interprets the current state of the knowledge on the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection. This book will serve as a valuable reference to guide scientists, students, managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in the design and implementation of living shorelines. This volume provides a background and history of living shorelines, understandings on management, policy, and project designs, technical synthesis of the science related to living shorelines including insights from new studies, and the identification of research needs, lessons learned, and perspectives on future guidance.

  • Makes recommendations on the correct usage of the term living shorelines

  • Offers guidance for shoreline management in the future

  • Includes lessons learned from the practice of shoreline restoration/conservation

  • Synthesizes regional perspectives to identify strategies for the successful design and implementation of living shorelines

  • Reviews specific design criteria for successful implementation of living shorelines

  • Provides detailed discussions of social, regulatory, scientific and technical considerations to justify and design living shoreline projects

International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. The broad geographic scope and interdisciplinary nature of contributing authors will help to facilitate dialogue and transfer knowledge among different disciplines and across different regions. This book provides coastal communities with the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary to implement effective shoreline management that enhances ecosystem services and coastal resilience now and into the future.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Part I


Chapter 1

A Primer to Living Shorelines

Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Jason D. Toft, and Megan K. La Peyre

Chapter 2

Living Shorelines for People and Nature

Katie K. Arkema, Steven B. Scyphers, and Christine Shepard

Part II

Management, Policy, Design

Chapter 3

Permitting a Living Shoreline: A Look at the Legal Framework Governing Living Shoreline

Projects at the Federal, State, and Local Level

Niki L. Pace

Chapter 4

Socioeconomic and Policy Considerations of Living Shorelines—US Context

Kateryna M. Wowk and David Yoskowitz

Chapter 5

An Overview of the Living Shorelines Initiative in New York and New Jersey

Andrew Rella, Jon Miller, and Emilie Hauser

Chapter 6

Overcoming Barriers to Living Shoreline Use and Success: Lessons from Southeastern

Virginia’s Coastal Plain

Kevin R. Du Bois

Chapter 7

Green Shores: Using Voluntary Ratings and Certification Programs to Guide Sustainable

Shoreline Development

Brian Emmett, D.G. Blair, and Nicole Faghin

Chapter 8

Building with Nature as Coastal Protection Strategy in the Netherlands

Bas W. Borsje, Sierd de Vries, Stephanie K.H. Janssen, Arjen P. Luijendijk,

and Vincent Vuik

Chapter 9

Managed Realignment in Europe: A Synthesis of Methods, Achievements, and Challenges

Luciana S. Esteves and Jon J. Williams

Part III

Synthesis of Living Shoreline Science: Physical Aspects

Chapter 10

Practical Living Shorelines: Tailored to Fit in Chesapeake Bay

Walter I. Priest III

Chapter 11

Response of Salt Marshes to Wave Energy Provides Guidance for Successful Living Shoreline Implementation

Carolyn A. Currin, Jenny Davis, and Amit Malhotra

Chapter 12

Lessons Learned from Living Shoreline Stabilization in Popular Tourist Areas: Boat Wakes, Volunteer Support, and Protecting Historic Structures

Linda Walters, Melinda Donnelly, Paul Sacks, and Donna Campbell

Chapter 13

Growing Living Shorelines and Ecological Services via Coastal Bioengineering

Steven G. Hall, Robert Beine, Matthew Campbell, Tyler Ortego, and Jon D. Risinger

Chapter 14

Evaluation of Living Shoreline Marshes as a Tool for Reducing Nitrogen Pollution in Coastal Systems

Aaron J. Beck, Randy M. Chambers, Molly M. Mitchell, and Donna Marie Bilkovic

Part IV

Synthesis of Living Shoreline Science: Biological Aspects

Chapter 15

Designing Living Shoreline Salt Marsh Ecosystems to Promote Coastal Resilience

Donna Marie Bilkovic and Molly M. Mitchell

Chapter 16

Ecological Performance of Hudson River Shore Zones: What We Know and What We Need to Know

David L. Strayer and Stuart E.G. Findlay

Chapter 17

San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines: Restoring Eelgrass and Olympia Oysters for Habitat and Shore Protection

Katharyn Boyer, Chela Zabin, Susan De La Cruz, Edwin Grosholz, Michelle Orr, Jeremy Lowe, Marilyn Latta, Jen Miller, Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Cassie Pinnell, Damien Kunz, Julien Moderan, Kevin Stockmann, Geana Ayala, Robert Abbott, and Rena Obernolte

Chapter 18

Comparison of Oyster Populations, Shoreline Protection Service, and Site Characteristics at Seven Created Fringing Reefs in Louisiana: Key Parameters and Responses to Consider

Megan K. La Peyre, Lindsay Schwarting Miller, Shea Miller, and Earl Melancon

Chapter 19

Species Richness and Functional Feeding Group Patterns in Small, Patchy, Natural and Constructed Intertidal Fringe Oyster Reefs

Mark S. Peterson, Kevin S. Dillon, and Christopher A. May

Chapter 20

Ecosystem Services Provided by Shoreline Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico: An Experimental Assessment Using Live Oysters

Kenneth L. Heck, Jr., Just Cebrian, Sean P. Powers, Nate Geraldi, Rochelle Plutchak, Dorothy Byron, and Kelly Major

Chapter 21

Benches, Beaches, and Bumps: How Habitat Monitoring and Experimental Science Can Inform Urban Seawall Design

Jeffery R. Cordell, Jason D. Toft, Stuart H. Munsch, and Maureen Goff

Chapter 22

The Ecological Impacts of Reengineering Artificial Shorelines: The State of the Science

Mark Anthony Browne and M.G. Chapman

Part V

Summary and Future Guidance

Chapter 23

Gaps in Knowledge: Information We Still Need to Know about Living Shoreline Erosion Control

Jana Davis

Chapter 24

A Synthesis of Living Shoreline Perspectives

Jason D. Toft, Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, and Megan K. La Peyre


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Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Megan K. La Peyre, Jason D. Toft