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DEC Announces Guidance for Living Shorelines for Marine District

Furthering NYS’s effort of fostering more resilient communities, NYSDEC released a living shorelines guidance document entitled “Living Shoreline Techniques in the Marine District of New York State”.  This guidance document is aimed at both the DEC itself as well as the public, and promotes the understanding and use of natural or nature-based shoreline protection tactics in place of hardened or “grey” shoreline protection tactics.  The Guidance focuses on the Marine District (see map below from NYSDEC)

Map of the marine and coastal district waters in New York State


The guidance provides information on…

  • …ecosystem services of living shorelines (e.g. habitat enhancement, erosion control, storm risk reduction).
  • …types of living shorelines.
  • …how tidal wetland and protection of waters permit standards relate to living shorelines.
  • …proper siting, maintenance, and monitoring considerations for living shorelines.

Guidance available here.

Press release available here (released 11/17/2017).

More about regulated tidal wetlands available here. 

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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