The Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) in partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources successfully designed and installed a living shoreline to help reduce erosion, dampen wave energy, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and protect the infrastructure of the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The project will preserve a valuable public access point to the Chesapeake Bay and provide an environmental exhibit for thousands of visitors to the Museum as well as a teaching tool for over 6,000 students annually participating in the Museum’s educational programs. To maximize the effectiveness of the shoreline restoration, two contiguous properties, privately owned, participated in the project for a total of 278 linear feet and an estimated 3,500 square feet. Elements of the plan included design, coordination and construction of a living shoreline using a combination of marsh creation, using native plant species, placement of sand and rock installation to stabilize sediments as well as provide wildlife habitat.
Include quantitative, site specific data like sill heights and project area, as well as other descriptive information. A good example is: "This project included the construction of 300 linear feet of a stone sill structure at the north end of the property, stone revetment along 426 linear feet of bulkhead on the western part of the property, restoration of 0.25 acres of tidal marsh, and the regrading of upland area for vegetation growth."
This grant program was a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Other partnerships include Annapolis Maritime Museum, City of Annapolis, Annapolis Green, Severn River Association and Anne Arundel County Schools.
- Abbi Huntzinger