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Many great projects and initiatives for ecologically enhanced shorelines and living shorelines are happening beyond the Hudson, in other regions of New York State and across the U.S. The following resources can be used to learn more about different regional approaches as well as provide more guidance on shoreline decision-making, research, and engineering techniques that may be considered for New York shorelines. Please use this map to search for documents and resources based on location. Click on the markers of interest for the resource description and outbound link. A list of the resources is below as well.


Minneapolis Lakes and Streams: Erosion Intensity Index

A scoresheet and attached guidance that accounts for and examines different aspects of a shoreline (i.e. the bank itself, energies the bank is exposed to) with respect to the erosion that bank is expected to face.

National Research Council, Reducing Coastal Risks on the East and Gulf Coasts, 2014
The National Research Council report reviews the performance of coastal risk-reduction strategies and suggests a set of principles and a vision for the future.

NOAA’s Living Shorelines Workgroup Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines, 2015

An overview of Living Shorelines that includes definitions and benefits of natural stabilization techniques, as well as how NOAA promotes their use around the country.

NOAA’s Living Shorelines Engagement
This two-pager describes how NOAA works to promote living shoreline research and implementation and notes future actions the agency plans to take.

NOAA NERRS Living Shorelines Webinar Series
This series of five webinars was designed to introduce the concept of living shorelines, increase awareness about the types of living shorelines, and look at regional differences in perceptions of living shorelines.

Restore America’s Estuaries, Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities, 2014
A group of living shorelines experts drafted this report that covers different types of shoreline management and a variety of related topics and also provides recommended strategies for moving forward.

Shoreline Stabilization Handbook for Lake Champlain and Other Inland Lakes
This handbook for Lake Champlain area residents and government officials includes information about shoreline stabilization options, including hard structural methods and bioengineered methods.

Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering (SAGE), Living Shorelines Brochure
This informational brochure provides information about a range of shoreline management techniques, from green to gray.


US Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Risk Reduction and Resilience, 2013

USACE provides guidance on nature/nature-based, non-structural, and structural tactics for shoreline protection, ultimately promoting an integrated approach to erosion control.

U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Coastal Resilience
This report provides information about natural and nature-based features (such as dunes, oysters, and marshes) that can contribute to coastal resilience and risk reduction.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Engineering Field Handbook Chapter 16 Streambank and Shoreline Protection  December, 1996

A guidance for engineers on restoring and protecting banks and shorelines in protected waters (not open water).  Tactics involve bioengineering and physical structures.


FirstLight Power Shoreline Management Manual

A guidance outlining sustainable shoreline management aims to provide a set of standards and knowledge for homeowners that have access/management of shorelines on FirstLight property.

Living Shorelines Engineering Guidelines – NJ DEP

A guidance document on the engineering components involved in the design of living shorelines projects, prepared for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection by Stevens Institute of Technology. Updated in 2016.

Living Shorelines: a nature-based approach to managing shoreline erosion

An interactive website explaining the merits of living shorelines in the New York region. This is from the New York State Geographic Information Gateway.

Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community
Agenda from the Living Shorelines National Technology Transfer Meeting and Regional Workshops in Connecticut in December, 2015.

Living Shoreline Design Guidelines for Shore Protection in Virginia’s Estuarine Environment, 2010

Guidance for Living Shorelines in a sheltered, estuarine system, including site and design considerations, in addition to case studies. Put out by Virginia Institute for Marine Science at William and Mary.

Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit, Restore America’s Estuaries, 2013
Resources from the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit are available at this website: summit proceedings, powerpoint presentations, video presentations, key messages, and more.

Nature-Based Shoreline Practices: Can They Improve Coastal Resilience in NY’s Great Lakes Region?
Exploring the possible uses of natural materials such as sand and vegetation for shoreline erosion management. Workshop presentations and videos included.

North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, How to Protect Your Property from Shoreline Erosion
This brochure provides guidance for North Carolina property owners to make decisions about shoreline erosion control options.

NY, NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Tidal Exchange E-News (January 10, 2014)
This January 2014 newsletter from the NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program includes an article about a research effort looking at urban shorelines and another article with information about the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines.

Regional (NY-NJ-DE) Dialogue to Advance Sustainable Shorelines along Sheltered Coasts
This workshop, funded by the NERRS Science Collaborative, examined opportunities for regional collaboration and sharing of sustainable shorelines information in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Resources available include: agenda, presentations, event summaries, and a follow-up webinar.

Research Plan to Advance the Understanding of Potential Coastal Green Infrastructure Strategies in New York City, 2014
This research plan (developed by ARCADIS, Stevens Institute of Technology, and others) investigates the use of coastal green infrastructure for protection of New York City from flooding and erosion.

Scenic Hudson, Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts Report
This 2010 report from Scenic Hudson is intended to help guide communities in developing and implementing a future vision for waterfront development.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Center for Coastal Resources Management – Living Shorelines
This website includes information about the benefits of living shorelines, design and build criteria, permits, plant species and vendors, research, legislative initiatives, and demonstration sites.


Greenshores (British Columbia, Canada)
This website provides information about shoreline types, case studies, a guide to the Green Shores Coastal Development Rating System, and a few links and reports.

Peter Craig, The Engineer and the Fisherman, 2014
This blog post provides some interesting perspectives from an engineer who has worked on riverbank design in Oregon.

Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project
This website provides technical reports and other resources from the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project, a collaborative effort to protect and restore Puget Sound’s shorelines.

State of Washington Department of Ecology, Shoreline Management
This website provides a lot of resources for shoreline management in Washington State, focused on shoreline master programs (local land use policies and regulations).

State of Washington, Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines
This guidance document includes information about the geomorphology of Puget Sound and implications for shoreline erosion, guidelines for site assessments, information about analyzing and selecting design alternatives, and more.

State of Washington, Soft Shoreline Stabilization
This 2014 report provides guidance to assist local government planners and permit staff in planning and implementing shoreline stabilization provisions within Shoreline Master Programs, focused on marine shorelines in Puget Sound.

University of Washington, How to Build a Living Seawall
This article describes efforts to add structural diversity to seawalls to support more biological diversity.


Lake Ontario Riparian Alliance Website

An alliance that provides assistance to shoreline landowners and land managers to protect the value of waterfront property.  Services include assistance with permitting, advocacy, education, and design assistance.

Michigan Natural Shoreline Alliance

A collaborative effort between state agencies, academia, nonprofit organizations and private industry to protect shorelines in Michigan with low-impact methods.  Their objectives include training/educating, research, and promoting policy.

Niagara – Buffalo Riverkeeper’s “Waterfront Properties: Guide for Achieving a Living Shoreline”

Guidebook for waterfront landowners to create and maintain a living shoreline on their property. Included are illustrative images and steps to improve shorelines.

Nature-Based Shoreline Practices: Can They Improve Coastal Resilience in NY’s Great Lakes Region?
Exploring the possible uses of natural materials such as sand and vegetation for shoreline erosion management. Workshop presentations and videos included.

US ACOE and Wisconsin Sea Grant, Living on the Coast: Protecting Investments in Shore Property on the Great Lakes, 2003

This book is aimed at landowners (or those that work with landowners) to promote system-wide shoreline management that utilizes nature-based tactics (or does not harm the environment).  Edited by Philip Keillor.


Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Alternative Shoreline Management Guidebook
This guidebook provides information on a variety of shoreline management approaches, including hard, soft, and hybrid practices.

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