Register for a New Workshop: Engineering Living Shorelines in New Hampshire

What: A workshop for engineers and contractors to learn “beyond the basics” about living shoreline approaches for tidal erosion control, habitat restoration and enhancement, and flood mitigation in New Hampshire.

Who: Engineers, contractors, landscape architects, and anyone else interested in designing and building living shoreline projects

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 8:30 AM to 3 PM

Where: Cutts Cove living shoreline project site and Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth NH 03801

Registration: Register here. $25 registration fee to cover breakfast, lunch, and material costs. Professional Development credits are available in the form of a contact hour certificate. Space is limited.

Questions? E-mail Steve Miller at or call at 603-294-0146

Living shoreline (LS) projects have started to appear in many New England tidal environments, but the Northeast region lags behind the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states when it comes to implementation of living shoreline stabilization projects. Through research and pilot projects, siting and designing living shoreline stabilization projects in different Northeastern coastal environments is becoming easier. Sign up for this workshop to learn about the latest guidance as well as lessons learned from ongoing pilot projects in coastal New Hampshire. The workshop includes a field trip visit to Portsmouth’s newest living shoreline site at Cutts Cove and discussion with the designers of that project. Presenters will include Dr. Tom Ballestero and Dr. David Burdick from UNH, Dave Price from the NHDES Wetlands Bureau, and Kirsten Howard from the NHDES Coastal Program. Participants will also engage in discussion and provide ideas for how to improve living shoreline implementation.

Summary Agenda

  1. Living shorelines (LS) definitions and status of projects in NH.
  2. Beyond the Basics: Local examples of LS; functions and values; specifications and guidance on siting LS; and the permitting/regulatory landscape.
  3. Field site visit to a LS under construction at Cutts Cove.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn beyond the basics about LS approaches for tidal erosion control, habitat restoration and enhancement, and flood mitigation.
  • Understand differences between LS stabilization and traditional, hard shoreline stabilization.
  • Obtain tools and strategies for executing a successful LS project.
  • Identify challenges and next steps to encourage design and implementation of LS projects on public and private properties.

This workshop is hosted by the Northeast Regional Resilience & Living Shoreline Project with funds from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Partner organizations include the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Great Bay Stewards, the NHDES Coastal Program, and the University of New Hampshire.

Planting begins at a living shoreline marsh restoration project in Cutts Cove in Portsmouth, NH

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