The NIMBY Shoreline Network

NIMBY – “Not in My Back Yard”

The NIMBY Shoreline Network is an initiative to connect homeowner associations and neighborhood groups with information that could influence decisions regarding shoreline management on private property.

An efficient way to share this information is through the existing structure of homeowner associations and informal neighborhood groups that maintain regular contact with their members. This distribution of information is especially important in communities where residents with second homes may not be receiving shoreline related information from local news sources.

Examples of newsworthy items relevant to Northern Neck and other Tidewater counties include:

  • Virginia’s General Assembly has allocated financial resources for local governments to establish funding programs for individual citizens to construct living shorelines on their property. (HB 1734)
  • Effective July 1, 2016, the Governor of Virginia has approved a real estate tax exemption for construction of new living shorelines – at the discretion of each locality. (HR 526)
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission has developed a new and FREE streamlined General Permit for installation of living shorelines. Click here to review permit.
  • Coastal mapping tools that evaluate shoreline conditions and recommend solutions are available to property owners free of charge from the Center for Coastal Resources Management .

Why “NIMBY”?


Living Shoreline (Photo - Virginia Institute of Marine Science)

Living Shoreline (Photo – Virginia Institute of Marine Science)

NIMBY plays on the famous “Not in My Back Yard” reaction that is often heard in response to development and conservation projects alike. In this case, NIMBY refers to a reaction against hardening shorelines with armor rock or bulkheads when a simpler and potentially less expensive natural approach works just as well, if not better.

Natural, or living shorelines conserve our “liquid assets” – the valuable wetland resources that filter contaminants and sediment from stormwater, buffer shorelines from storm surge, protect shorelines from erosion, provide habitat for wildlife and shelter the nurseries that sustain our seafood industries.

Netting protects new plants from geese and other shorebirds until the plants are established.

Netting protects new plants from geese and other shorebirds until the plants are established.

Federal, state and local officials are diligently working to improve water quality and address the long-term resiliency of our coastal communities. These agencies cannot do it alone, which leads to the question: “What is the role of the community in solving these and other local conservation problems”? The NIMBY Shoreline Network is another milestone that successfully turns awareness into knowledge and knowledge into action!

If your homeowner association or neighborhood group would like to receive NIMBY Shoreline Network updates from The Wetlands Project, please designate one representative to register as a primary point of contact.  Individuals and businesses are welcome to register as well.

~ Click here to register ~ 

The NIMBY Shoreline Network is an information only initiative and there is no cost associated with participation. 

We welcome your input and suggestions.