What is living shoreline barrier?
Planting shoreline vegetation (mangrove) or shellfish colonies (oyster reefs) to absorb wave energy between shore and sea.
Why is the shoreline important?
The shoreline is a valuable and important area. It provides a rich, active habitat for fish and wildlife, and cleans stormwater runoff before it enters the water. The shoreline provides structural integrity to the water’s edge, protecting it from erosion.
What is considered shoreline?
Definition of shoreline
(Entry 1 of 2) 1 : the line where a body of water and the shore meet. 2 : the strip of land along the shoreline.
How is shoreline defined?
A shoreline is the edge of a sea, lake, or wide river.
What are the different types of shorelines?
Shorelines are divided into five primary zones—offshore, nearshore, surf, foreshore, and backshore. The offshore zone is below water, but it is still geologically active due to flows of turbidity currents that cascade over the continental slope and accumulate in the continental rise.
What role do the plants play in a living shoreline?
They prevent erosion of the land. Plants and trees anchor the soil and prevent it from washing out to sea. A wetland barrier between developed inland regions and the coast can protect fertile soil for agriculture, as well as development and recreation. Wetlands also protect coastal areas from powerful storm surges.