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     Living Shorelines 

     

     

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    WHAT IS A LIVING SHORELINE AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? 

    A “Living Shoreline” is a green infrastructure technique that uses a suite of bank stabilization and habitat restoration methods to reinforce the shoreline, minimize coastal erosion, and maintain coastal processes while protecting, restoring, enhancing, and creating natural habitat for fish and aquatic plants and wildlife. Living shoreline projects typically utilize a variety of structural and organic materials, such as wetland plants, submerged aquatic vegetation, oyster reefs, coir fiber logs, sand fill, and stone.

     

    WHAT IS THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH DOING?

    The City of Miami Beach is considering living shoreline techniques, as well as hybrid stabilization shoreline systems in areas where seawalls need to be rehabilitated to address shoreline stabilization, tackling erosion protection while preserving and enhancing environmental conditions. Developments such as the Brittany Bay Park seawall rehabilitation project aim at protecting mangrove stands and introduce a natural shoreline within the existing structural seawall.  Given its’ deteriorating seawall cap, as well as the natural recruitment of mangroves along the seawall, the rehabilitation will be the first hybrid design where the City of Miami Beach incorporates a structural sea wall with a living shore line

     

    WHAT ARE THE KEY BENEFITS OF LIVING SHORELINES?

    The City of Miami Beach recognizes the significant environmental benefits of living shorelines. Benefits of living shorelines: Stabilization of the shoreline; Reduction of wave energy and coastal erosion; Absorption of storm surge and flood waters; Improved water quality via filtration of upland run-off; Maintenance of natural shoreline dynamics and sand movement; Protection of riparian and intertidal resources; Restoration of critical spawning, feeding, and nesting areas for wildlife; and, Creation of habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species.

     

    WHERE ARE OTHER EXAMPLES OF LIVING SHORELINES?

    Miami Beach has successfully implemented the living shoreline approach. Besides the Muss Park, Brittany Bay Park and other upcoming concept projects (Indian Creek Dr), residents can enjoy living shorelines around city parks such as the Maurice Gibb Memorial Park (18th St & Purdy Avenue) and the Pinetree Park (4400 Pinetree Drive) living shorelines.

 
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