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Living Shoreline
Approximately 500 linear feet of eroding shoreline was transformed into a stable slope and living shoreline using a hybrid low sill/breakwater technique with sand fill and dense brackish marsh and riparian plantings). Approximately 90 feet of existing bulkhead was removed during construction, which took place in early 2014. The upstream end of the shoreline was planted in a mix of brackish and freshwater tidal vegetation in response to a 2012 study by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, showing that living shorelines in stormwater-dominated creeks tend to be vegetated by freshwater tidal plants.

This living shoreline project has significant demonstration value because the shoreline is used by the Girl Scouts, Annapolis Junior Rowing Club, YMCA, YWCA, and Arlington Echo Environmental Education Center. Over 2,000 students and campers utilize the site every year. Volunteers from Anne Arundel County Schools kindergarten classes, Davidsonville Elementary Green Club, the Girl Scouts, and the National Aquarium Grasses for Classes Schools all helped to plant the shoreline. The project was funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland DNR's Living Shoreline Grant Program.

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Meet our team

  • Meet our team set 1
    Liz BuxtonExecutive DirectorA native of Tidewater, Virginia, Liz has more than 15 years experience leading conservation non-profit organizations and government agencies... Read More
    Jennifer Carr
    Jennifer CarrDirector, Watershed Restoration & Grants Jennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a ... Read More
    Jesse Iliff
    Jesse IliffSouth RIVERKEEPERJesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law... Read More
    Denise Swol
    Denise SwolDevelopment CoordinatorDenise has her masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins and a bachelors from Florida State University in Geography. Her career has mostly been in the education community... Read More
  • Meet our team set 2
    Nancy Merrill SullivanCoordinator, Volunteer and Outreach ProgramNancy Merrill Sullivan is a recent transplant to the shores of the South River although she grew up as a river rat on the nearby Severn River ... Read More
    David LanierRestoration TechnicianDavid Lanier is a recent graduate from Towson University, where he earned a degree in environmental studies with a focus on policy and management ... Read More
    Sarah GiordanoEnvironmental ScientistSarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College ... Read More
    Lisa Spallitta
    Lisa SpallittaBookkeeperLisa joins us as our part-time bookkeeper with broad experience as an independent contractor in accounting and IT management... Read More
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    Shayna KellerChesapeake Conservation Corps MemberShayna Keller graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2017, where she earned a degree in marine science ... Read More

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