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Project Examples: Southeast

‘Living shorelines’ use oyster shells and marsh grass to reverse coastal erosion

While homeowners often rely on expensive seawalls and bulkheads to slow the erosion, a growing number are building “living shorelines,” which can reverse its effects.

Alamance Community College Innovative Stormwater Management, Piedmont Conservation Council, NC

This stormwater management project includes two major components: bioretention areas in parking lot islands and rainwater harvesting from a shop building to irrigate a greenhouse. The two...

Battling an Invasive Plant Species at Carolina Beach State Park

How Phragmites , an invasive non-native plant, is being managed in North Carolina.

Coastal Homeowners Install Living Shorelines

The North Carolina Coastal Federation worked with homeowners to install living shorelines to protect against erosion.

Coastline Restoration Project Removes Invasive Plants

A brief news story about students removing invasives and planting native plants in Florida.

Coral Restoration Foundation, Planting Staghorn Corals

Ken Nedimyer talks the Coral Restoration Foundations coral nursery and learns how they plant staghorn corals on the reefs of Key Largo, Florida.

Durant’s Point Living Shoreline, North Carolina Coastal Federation

This extensive marsh acts to dissipate storm and wave energy from Hatteras Village. But the point was threatened by a high rate of erosion. The project involved stabilizing the shoreline with a...

Florida Keys Coral Restoration Project, The Nature Conservancy

Tens of thousands of staghorn corals are grown in underwater nurseries and then planted in degraded reefs. Nearly 10,000 colonies have been established, with first-year survival rates averaging above 80%.

Giving Dead Reefs New Life with Fast-Growing Corals, PBS News Hour

The world’s coral reefs are in perilous danger due to overfishing, pollution, and climate change. However, a team of scuba-diving scientists has developed a groundbreaking method for speeding up...

Green Invaders

Students discuss what invasive plants are, including interviews with experts and neighbors.

How Climate Change Makes Hurricanes Worse, Vox

Here is what we know about climate change and hurricanes.

Hydrilla Management, Eno River, NC

Eno River Hydrilla Project: targeted treatment to eradicate  Hydrilla.

Hydrilla: An Emerging Concern

A video from the NC SeaGrant about a beach community treating Hydrilla.

Living Shoreline Along the Georgia Coast, Georgia-Pacific and The Nature Conservancy

Georgia-Pacific and The Nature Conservancy have partnered to protect the shorelines of the Georgia coast. These projects will help ensure we have a living shoreline for generations to come.

Living Shoreline Project

The GTM Research Reserve, Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves and the University of Florida recently completed a project that will test the effectiveness of new methods for preserving and restoring...

Living Shoreline Project, The Nature Conservancy

This approach to restore Georgia’s oyster reefs created a natural embankment using oyster shells and native plants to stabilize shoreline erosion.

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: A Habitat-Friendly Alternative for Shoreline Stabilization

Living shorelines are shoreline erosion control methods that include a suite of options and use native materials, such as marsh plantings and oyster shells. They can also include stone sills and...

Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint, North Carolina Coastal Federation

The Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint project includes collaborative planning efforts to protect, manage, and restore the natural resources of the lower Cape Fear River.

Native Plants Along North Carolina Coast

A conservation horticulturalist and invasive species specialist discusses invasive animals and plants found along North Carolina’s coast, the scope of the problem, and what each one of us can do...

NOAA Study Shows Coastal Flooding Events Likely to Increase 25-Fold by 2030

A 2010 study shows there are more than 14 million Floridians living in coastal zones. A recent study by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says a sea-level rise of 3...

NOAA’s Living Shorelines Projects

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

North Carolina Aquatic Nuisance Program

North Carolina Aquatic Nuisance Program aligns efforts and coordinates other related plans. The plan itself contains case studies of projects.

North Carolina Watershed Restoration Project

The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with Swansboro to develop a watershed restoration plan for the town which lays out a framework for reducing stormwater runoff that flows into Foster,...

North River Wetlands Preserve Restoration

North River Wetland Preserve presents farmland restoration project.

Restoring Florida’s Coastal Wetlands: A Successful Project for People and Nature

The St. Johns River Water Management District and its many partners have worked to reverse the damage done to coastal wetlands by dragline ditching, which also preserves or enhances the natural and...

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...

Shallow Coral Reef Habitat

Coral reefs are underwater structures built by tiny sea animals. Hard corals, which have a stone-like skeleton, grow into reefs on the edges of tropical islands and continents. Their beautiful shapes...

Smitherman’s Dam Removal and Little River Restoration Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Smitherman’s Dam Removal and Little River Restoration Project. Conservation in Action in the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont.

South Carolina Invasive Weed Plan

South Carolina Invasive Weed Plan provides statewide coordination in protecting marine and freshwater resources from adverse impacts arising from existing aquatic invasive species and those that...

Springer’s Point Living Shoreline, North Carolina Coastal Federation

The project restored a portion of the shoreline at the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. It involved building a new sill of bagged oyster shells along the eroding edge of the shoreline, maintaining...

St. Simons Elementary School Native Garden, GA

In the fall of 2016, the Spanish Garden at St. Simons Elementary School was converted to a native habitat garden.  This was the result of a joint project between St. Simons Elementary PTA, Coastal...

Stopping the Loss of Forested Coastal Wetlands, North Carolina Coastal Federation

NCCF filed a notice of intent to sue under the Clean Water Act to stop the illegal ditching and conversion of 251 acres of wetlands in Pamlico County. Local farmers had raised the alarm that an...

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.

Why Hunt and Eat Lionfish?

Lionfish do not belong in this part of the world. They are eating everything they can get their mouths on, spreading faster than a plague of locusts. Lionfish are consequently destroying the...

Williston Creek 8.8 Acre Marsh Restoration, North Carolina Coastal Federation

The restoration project included planting 2,006 plugs of wetland plants. The goal is to restore both salt marsh and tidal creek.

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