Shoreline adaptation projects address the impacts of coastal storms, sea level rise and stormwater such as erosion, flooding, loss of habitats and shoreline public access. They help to improve the resilience and safety of our shoreline while increasing the benefits of natural systems such as water quality improvement and enhancement of habitat for fish and wildlife.
This form was created by the CRMC and partners as part of the Shoreline Adaptation, Inventory and Design (SAID) project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through a Coastal Resilience Grant. Submissions will be used to build a statewide inventory of potential shoreline adaptation projects for future design and construction. The inventory will be used to help state agencies and municipalities pursue funding for project implementation.
Anyone may submit a project for consideration for the inventory. The project team will be conducting outreach with cities and towns to review and prioritize project lists.
A Brief Explanation of Shoreline Adaptation Project Types:
Pavement Removal--Removal of pavement is the primary project activity. These projects often occur at the ends of roads along the shoreline where tidal flooding has eroded and damaged the existing pavement.
Stormwater Management--Installation of stormwater management practices near the shoreline is the primary project activity. These projects address shoreline impacts of stormwater runoff from upland areas and can include practices such as vegetated swales and bioretention areas.
Structure Removal--Removal or relocation of a structure is the primary project activity. These projects may include removal of structures or parts of structures (such as foundations) that have been damaged by coastal flooding and storm surge, or the relocation of at-risk structures farther inland.
Limit Vehicle Access / Road Relocation--Eliminating or reducing vehicle access is the primary project activity. These projects may include closure of frequently flooded road sections or parking areas to vehicular traffic and rerouting or relocation of vehicular access.
Bank Re-Grading and Stabilization--Re-grading and stabilization of an eroding bank is the primary project activity. These projects address shoreline erosion through activities such as re-grading steep slopes and reinforcing banks with biodegradeble materials and vegetation.
Natural Feature Restoration--Restoration of a natural shoreline feature such as a dune or coastal wetland is the primary project activity. These projects may involve planting of vegetation or protecting areas from human impacts.
Culvert Replacement--Removal or replacement of a culvert is the primary project activity. These projects restore tidal connectivity or address upstream flooding by removing or replacing undersized culverts.
Utility Removal / Relocation--Removal or relocation of utility poles is the primary project activity. This category is included to identify sites where utility poles are at risk from coastal flooding and erosion.