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NOAA Awards $800,000 for Living Shorelines
Shorelines are often stabilized with hard materials such as bulkheads and seawalls, ironically, these structures often increase the rate of coastal erosion and provide little habitat for fish and wildlife.

Living shorelines mimic nature by using plants, sand, and sometimes rock to stabilize banks while maintaining and improving valuable fish and wildlife habitat.

Sixteen homeowner associations, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities in Maryland and Virginia have been selected to be part of the program to develop living shorelines and increase public understanding of the technique.

 
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Delavan Lake Dredging Clears Natural Filter - In the late 1980s, Delavan Lake turned into an algae soup by mid-summer that discouraged swimming, clogged boat motors and killed off game fish. Farm and residential development around the lake poured nutrient-rich runoff into the watershed and into the lake. Those nutrients fed the algae blooms. Today, a project to redredge the channel in the narrow inlet which was designed to store and collect the sediment flowing into it before it reaches the open water.


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