The goal of the project was to construct a living shoreline at PWEC’s Oyster House at the site of a dilapidated former boat basin. This goal was achieved by obtaining the necessary Federal, State, and Local permits, conducting a competitive bidding process, contracting with a marine contractor, and construction of the living shoreline. As per the permit, the project entailed removing an existing boat slip and converting it to a 30 foot long by 45-foot wide marsh with kayak launch. The marsh was created by filling with approximately 285 cu-yd. of clean sandy fill material planted with Spartina alternaflora and Spartina patens. The sandy fill is contained by a vented low stone structure.
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 University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Environmental Concern, Weems Brothers and Coastal Compliance Solutions.
- Abbi Huntzinger