Living Shore: Community Building Through Habitat Restoration on the Eastern Shore
Living Shore brings together diverse groups in Greenbackville and Accomack County, Virginia, to restore an impaired Phragmites-dominated salt marsh and severely eroding shoreline. The result will be a healthy, thriving tidal marsh and oyster reef system. This restored marsh and adjacent oyster reef habitat will serve as an outdoor laboratory and demonstration site for examining the potential of living shorelines to protect Eastern Shore properties from storm-surge impacts and future sea level rise. The project will also offer the community a new space for recreational, scientific, and educational activities that will support development of community-based restoration projects in the region and will ultimately improve the environment and quality of life in the region. In order to realize this goal, project leaders have created an innovative partnership by engaging the Marine Science Consortium (MSC), member university students and faculty, The Nature Conservancy, SPARK Creek-Watchers families, and other key regional partners. This project is being led by Anne Armstrong.