Living shoreline

A living shoreline is a protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. Unlike a concrete seawall or other hard structure, which impedes the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time.

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New Brunswick Environmental Network

Living shorelines
and their benefits

Many shorelines, many on residential properties, have their native plants, grasses and trees replaced with wooden bulkheads and/or rock walls. This artificial barrier destroys the natural habitat of birds and aquatic life, and erosion can still occur or be transferred to the neighbouring land. The shore way to a healthy future for our beloved coast might be easier than you think!

The Facts

Living shorelines improve water quality by settling sediments and filtering pollution.

Living shorelines provide shade to keep water temperatures cool, helping to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic species.