Presented by The Wetlands Project, Friends of the Rappahannock, and Lancaster County Virginia ~ A great partnership and a terrific team!
Date: April 19, 2017 ~ Location: Camp Kekoka ~ Kilmarnock, Virginia
On September 1, 2015 the Virginia Marine Resources Commission authorized a new regulation entitled “Living Shoreline Group 1 General Permit for Certain Living Shoreline Treatments Involving Tidal Wetlands”.
The purpose of this general permit is to “provide a streamlined permitting process as an incentive to encourage property owners to utilize a living shoreline approach as appropriate, to manage shoreline erosion, and promote the planting and growth of tidal wetland vegetation to restore or enhance ecosystem services.”
Three major subjects were addressed at the workshop:
- Group 1 Living Shoreline General Permit requirements
- Completing the permit application
- Design and installation of living shorelines that meet the requirements of the Group 1 permit
The popular format for the workshop included presentations, on-site evaluations for suitability of living shorelines and small group case study projects. Sessions and field work focused on the following topics:
- Maintaining proper site elevation
- Selection and planting of appropriate vegetation
- Installation of sand fill, fiber logs and mats, shell bags and temporary grazing protection
- Removal & eradication of invasive species
- Maintenance and monitoring of living shoreline site
Marine Contractors, permit agents, landscape professionals, and state and local government officials attended the full day event.
Follow the links below for additional information about the workshop:
- Workshop Agenda
- “Fundamentals of Living Shorelines” presentation by Karen Duhring of Virginia Institute of Marine Science
- “Group 1 Living Shoreline Joint Permit Application Tutorial” presentation by Jay Woodward of Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
- Report on Workshop Evaluations
- Check out the photos on Facebook
- Review the new Living Shoreline Section of the “Contractor’s Toolbox”. This new section includes a living shoreline site evaluation scoring sheet and new information about living shoreline funding programs from the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Conservation Assistance Program.