Protect Your Maryland Waterfront Shoreline
The Department of the Environment understands and respects waterfront property owners’ rights to protect their property from erosion. It is in the best interest of waterfront property owners and the health of the Chesapeake Bay to select the most environmentally sensitive methods of combating shore erosion.
Protection measures which best enhance wetlands and provide for the conservation of fish, plant, and wildlife habitat are encouraged by the State of Maryland. Erosion control measures should be considered in the following order of preference:
- No action
- Relocation of threatened structures
- Non-structural stabilization including beach nourishment, slope grading and marsh establishment
- Shoreline revetments
- Offshore breakwaters
These recommendations are consistent with the objectives of Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Critical Area Protection Program which encourages the use of nonstructural shore protection measures in order to conserve and protect plant, fish and wildlife habitat.
This guidebook provides basic information for assessing erosion problems and selecting appropriate protection. However, the services of a qualified engineer such as Gibbons Marine Construction should be employed for designing a specific shore erosion control project.
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