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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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Plants Clean Some of America’s Dirtiest Water - A new “floating island” was launched recently in the canal in an attempt to clean the water. Landscape architect and urban designer Diana Balmori calls the project “GrowOnUS,” and the island includes 19 plant species living in metal culvert pipes filled with plastic bottles.


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