Apalachicola Bay Breakwater Construction Project


The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve initiated this living shoreline project in 2003 to stabilize the shoreline, reduce erosion, and restore salt marsh on Apalachicola Bay.

Technical Details

Limerock/dolomite and concrete rubble were constructed into a 500x6 ft breakwater 10 ft waterward of the mean high water line. Approximately 500x10 ft of salt marsh (Spartina alterniflora) habitat was planted just landward of the breakwater, and a 500x45 ft upland buffer was established landward of the salt marsh.


Primary coordination and funding for this project was through the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.


  • Kim Wren, Stewardship Coordinator
  • (850) 670-7720
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