Virginia CZM Program 2009 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

94.01

Grantee:

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Project Title:

Design and Construction of Living Shorelines Course Development and Implementation

Project Description as Proposed:

Through previous DEQ/NOAA grants, the Shoreline Studies Program (SSP) has gathered and analyzed baseline data on the performance of sills in Chesapeake Bay’s low to medium energy environments while biological research projects have determined their viability. In addition, the design of these structures has been evaluated to determine encroachment guidelines. The first year of this research resulted in a report entitled “Performance of Sills, St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s River, Maryland.” The second year of research developed design guidelines for sills. Presently, a construction manual is being prepared from the previous research and other available sources in order to summarize the overall knowledge of best management practices for the Bay’s sheltered shorelines.

As an end point to the aforementioned research, the goal of this project is the development of a class that will provide practical design and construction guidance for contractors, coastal managers, planners, local governments, homeowners and anyone else interested in sound management of Chesapeake Bay’s shorelines. The basis of this class will be, in part, Hardaway and Byrne (1999) “Shoreline Management in Chesapeake Bay” and “Design Guidance for Sills in Chesapeake Bay” (Hardaway et al., in prep). The class is envisioned as a one-day course consisting of several components including: introduction to shoreline/physical processes and reach considerations; shoreline management strategies and goals; ecosystem functions; system design, construction considerations and standards; and the permitting process. At the end of the day, a test will be administered and a certificate of completion issued.

Due to the site specific nature of any real-life living shoreline design and construction, the curriculum will include both theory as well as on-the-ground applications that will enhance problem-solving abilities for various design considerations. Since the course will involve engineering applications for the shoreline, an engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is willing to match his time to the project to review the curriculum.

In order to provide a useful class, the size will have to be limited to 30-40 participants. Therefore, we propose to hold two separate classes in case enrollment exceeds availability. A fee will be charged to offset the cost of food and materials. Additional costs included in the budget, other than the salaries needed for course development/setup, are advertising development and distribution and preparing material for publication to the web.

Federal Funding:

$47,500

Project Contact:

Scott Hardaway, (804) 684-7277; hardaway@vims.edu

Project Status:

10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010: Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Design and Construction of Living Shorelines Course Development and Implementation Final Report Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The goal of this project was to provide consultants, contractors and other professionals in the field of shore erosion control with the latest information on the design and construction of living shorelines. Through previous DEQ/NOAA grants, the Shoreline Studies Program (SSP) has gathered and analyzed baseline data on the performance of sills in Chesapeake Bay’s low to medium energy environments while biological research projects have determined their viability. In addition, the design of these structures has been evaluated to determine encroachment guidelines. A course was created and held on September 29, 2010. Twenty one professionals attended. The curriculum for the class pulled from the previous research and other available sources in order to summarize the overall knowledge of best management practices for the Bay’s sheltered shorelines.

The basis of this class was, in part, Hardaway and Byrne (1999) “Shoreline Management in Chesapeake Bay”, “Performance of Sills, St. Mary’s City Maryland (Hardaway et al., 2007), and “Encroachment of Sill onto State-Owned Bottom: Design Guidance for Chesapeake Bay” (Hardaway et al., 2009). The text was “Living Shoreline Design Guidance for Shore Protection in Virginia’s Estuarine Environments” (Hardaway et al., 2010). These reports are available on the Shoreline Studies Program publications page (http://web.vims.edu/physical/research/shoreline/Publications.htm). 

The course consisted of several components including:  introduction to shoreline/physical processes and reach considerations; shoreline management strategies and goals; ecosystem functions; system design, construction considerations and standards; and the permitting process. Applications were developed in Google Earth that provide access to data necessary for the design of shore systems throughout Chesapeake Bay. The applications used existing data but it was reformatted to be easily accessible.

Due to the site specific nature of any real-life living shoreline design and construction, the curriculum included both theory as well as on-the-ground applications that enhance problem solving abilities for various design considerations. At the end of the class, a test was administered and a certificate of completion issued. 

The reports, curriculum, test, and Google Earth applications are available on VIMS’ Shoreline Studies Program website. http://web.vims.edu/physical/research/shoreline/LivingShorelineDesign.html

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

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