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Project Examples: Northeast / Mid-Atlantic

A Cape Cod Rain Garden

Everyone should have a rain garden! Here’s a short presentation by Kristin Andres, associate director for education at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, about the value rain gardens and how...

A Race Against Time Documentary

This program documents the effort to restore and monitor the Delaware Bay beaches which suffered severe erosion from Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The video was shot between March and July of 2013. This...

A Tour of Living Shorelines in Delaware

Throughout this map, you will find information on living shorelines that have been installed in Delaware.

Anacostia/West Chesapeake Project, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

This project improved water quality and habitat in heavily developed areas. Partners planted over 50 acres of urban riparian forest buffers, located sites for stream restoration projects, made...

Aquatic Invasive Species

An educational video geared towards boat owners about what invasive species are and what can be done in New Hampshire.

Barriers to Fish Migration

Learn about how fish populations struggle from barriers preventing them from reaching the upstream habitat where they breed and grow and what NOAA is doing to help.

Building a Stronger Coast: Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Prime Hook is one of the largest coastal marsh restoration projects on the Atlantic Coast. Supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, the project restores 4,000 acres of coastal marsh...

Clean Water Beautiful Bay

One of New Jersey’s most precious natural resources is the Barnegat Bay. The Bay, which spans 42 miles along the coast, has been plagued by water pollution problems for decades, mostly caused by...

Clear Creeks Project, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, MD

Since 2013, the Clear Creeks Project team has installed 256 rain barrels and 104 conservation gardens, removed 46,507 pounds of trash from streams, planted 2,112 trees on 17 acres, and engaged 3,385...

Colley Bay Living Shoreline Restoration Project

The City of Norfolk & volunteers developed a living shoreline in sections of Colley Bay along the Lafayette River to enhance the function of natural ecosystems, provide waterfront access, and...

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group

In conjunction with members of the CT Chapter of the Sierra Club, the CIPWG installed 9 invasive plant signs along a trail at the Eagleville Preserve in Mansfield, CT, providing a living educational...

Creatively Managing Stormwater

A stormwater problem in the Cotuit Library’s parking lot was solved with thinking creatively! A bioretention garden was designed to capture the stormwater runoff for treatment by plants and...

Croton River Hydrilla Control Project

This project aims to control Hydrilla in the Croton River before it spreads to the Hudson River.

Delaware Living Shorelines Committee Projects

Examples of living shorelines projects completed by the Delaware Living Shorelines Committee, a work group dedicated to facilitating the understanding, peer review, and implementation of living...

Durant’s Point Living Shoreline

Durant’s Point forms an extensive marsh on the west side of Hatteras Village, providing a natural buffer for the village — dissipating storm and wave energy — while protecting water quality and...

Dyers Cove Reef Build

With the help of some terrific volunteers, the American Littoral Society built its fifth intertidal reef in the Delaware Bay at Dyer’s Cove in Cumberland County, NJ on March 31, 2018. The reef...

Flood Action Alexandria

Flood Action Alexandria is the City’s comprehensive initiative to address flooding issues. This story map describes current flooding, significant causes of flooding, how Alexandria’s...

Goats in South Portland

Goats in South Portland are being used to clear Japanese knotweed.

Grasses for the Masses, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Program participants grow wild celery, an underwater grass, in their homes for 10-12 weeks. Then they gather to plant their grasses in local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay.

High-Tech Culvert Completed at Wreck Pond

A high-tech culvert, designed to make Wreck Pond healthier and help protect nearby residents from flooding, has been completed.

Hopewell Restoration Project, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

This restoration project, currently underway in Hopewell, VA, will help reduce routine flooding and improve water quality. It is adding green infrastructure that will allow rainwater to slow down and...

How to Build a Beach: Recovering From Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, conservationists in the Delaware Bay region raced against the clock to restore decimated beaches in time for the arrival of nesting horseshoe crabs and the migratory...

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Invasive Species Program

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. (Clearwater) was awarded funding in March 2017 to continue the Aquatic Invasive Species Program. This multifaceted program works to educate a wide variety of...

Lafayette Wetlands Oyster Bergs

The Lafayette Wetlands Partnership has invent a new way for home-owners to bring back the Elizabeth River oyster, called “Oyster Bergs.” These modestly sized structures were designed for home-owner...

Living Shoreline at Indian River Marina, Delaware

Living Shorelines stabilize wetland areas, provide habitat for wildlife, protect shorelines from erosion and allow the wetlands to continue to clean the water. While installing a Living Shoreline at...

Living Shorelines Use Oyster Shells and Marsh Grass to Reverse Coastal Erosion

Americans who live along coastlines are watching their land disappear and property threatened as climate change causes sea levels to rise. While homeowners often rely on expensive seawalls and...

Living Shorelines: Marshes and Oysters

Explore case studies that highlight the use of natural and nature-based features to adapt to climate impacts.

Mechumps Creek Restoration, Randolph-Macon College and Town of Ashland, VA

Phase 1 of this project included restoring 1,200 feet of Mechumps Creek. However, poor water quality due to runoff from nearby parking lots kept fish from using the restored area. Phase 2 restored an...

New Jersey’s Hidden Coast

Discover New Jersey’s Hidden Coast – the Delaware Bayshore – and hear about the real value of horseshoe crabs, the challenges to the ecosystem, and the potential for a thriving...

NOAA’s Living Shorelines Projects

A catalogue of more than 160 project completed by funded since 1998 primarily through the Community-based Restoration Program.

Non-Native Plants of New England

An overview of the common invasive species in New England and how they are impacting the ecology around them.

Red River Marsh Restoration, Cape Cod Chronicle

The town of Harwich and the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project are planning to replace culverts to revitalize a salt marsh behind Red River Beach. The Cape Cod Chronicle’s Alan...

Restored Bradley Beach Maritime Forest

The maritime forest is a model for other coastal communities and provides sustainable protection for New Jersey’s coastal lakes, many of which are in jeopardy. The plants help protect against storms,...

Restoring Oyster Reefs in Chesapeake Bay, Sea Grant Documentary

Originally titled “From the Bottom Up,” this features the importance of Chesapeake Bay oyster reef restoration.

RiverWise Schools, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay installed stormwater management practices, such as rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, and native plant gardens, on school properties in the Chesapeake Bay...

Sacred Waters: RainScapes and Congregations in Action

RainScapes and Congregations in Action by the Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, Maryland

SAGE Searchable Project Database

This database contains multiple coastal resilience projects around the nation, including Living Shorelines for shoreline stabilization, habitat restoration, and floodplain management. Each project...

Save The Bay Eelgrass Restoration, Save the Bay Narragansett

Underwater footage of a healthy Narragansett Bay eelgrass bed.

Save The Bay, Celebrating 50 Years, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

For nearly 50 years, we have fought vigilantly for healthy rivers, clean streams, and a restored Chesapeake Bay. Watch this video, courtesy of Discovery Communications, to see just how far...

Shell-A-Bration – Reef Build

Volunteers built an artificial oyster reef as part of the habitat restoration projects currently underway in the Delaware Bay.

Southwoods Upland Restoration Project, Spa Creek Conservancy, MD

The Southwoods community had a stormwater runoff problem, resulting in poor health in Spa Creek. The project enlisted private property owners to install stormwater best management practices,...

Stormwater, Impervious Surface, and Stream Health, U.S. Geological Survey

Urban development is associated with an increase in impervious surfaces, that is, surfaces such as rooftops, sidewalks, and streets that prevent precipitation from infiltrating into the groundwater....

Sunken Meadow Restoration, Save the Sound

Restoration included removing an earthen berm to restore tidal connection to marsh habitat, restoring 3.5 acres of salt marsh with native plants, retrofitting an 18-acre parking lot with green...

Swinomish clam garden lays a foundation for future generations

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is reviving the ancient Indigenous mariculture practice of clam gardening. The rock wall of the sea garden traps sediment creating habitat and increasing species...

The Mile-a-Minute Control Project

The Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management received state funding to eradicate mile-a-minute on 3 private parcels over 3 years.

Tree-Safe Rain Garden, a Marvel of Conservation Design, Debuts at Woodend Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist

How do you help prevent stormwater pollution – the only growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay – and flooding that can lead to home damage? You build a lot of rain gardens, like the...

Trees for Tribs, Hudson River Estuary, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting projects near streams in the Hudson River estuary watershed.

Waterfront Parks Designed to be Flooded

Waterfront parks are communal recreational spaces that are intentionally designed to be flooded with minimal damage during storm or flood events.

Wreck Pond Aquatic Connectivity Restoration

​This project builds upon previous restoration work to further increase the ecological and community resiliency in and around Wreck Pond, a 73-acre coastal lake located on the border of Spring Lake...

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