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Hardening of Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic Focus of Meeting

Management agencies are struggling to balance the pressures of coastal development with the conservation and protection of the coastal environment. Representatives of several management groups convened on February 29 to review progress on a NCCOS project studying the ecosystem effects of shoreline hardening, and offer suggestions on linking research results to regional management and policy. This marked the second annual meeting of researchers and managers since the initiation of the project in 2010.

Groups represented included the state management agencies from Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program.

The large-scale research project in the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva Coastal Bays will evaluate the impacts of extensive modification of shoreline habitats driven by climate change, pollution and other stressors. The information produced by this project is intended to help transform management from the current “parcel by parcel” approach to one in which regional ecosystem impacts provide a strong component of the decision-making process.


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