Volunteers of all ages plant native grasses along Annapolis' Parkwood neighborhood shoreline. Photo by Tom Zolper/CBF Staff

CBF Creates First Urban Living Shoreline in Annapolis

In June 2012, CBF staff and volunteers created a living shoreline in the Parkwood neighborhood in Annapolis, one of the few such natural shorelines built in an urban neighborhood in the state.

Planting a living shoreline is a creative and proven approach to protect tidal shorelines from erosion. It substitutes for a conventional bulkhead, using native wetland plants and grasses, shrubs, and trees to prevent waterfront erosion, and also to filter polluted runoff from the land.

This winter, contractors built several stone sills that act as breakwaters just offshore of the community’s waterfront. Then in June volunteers planted over 7,000 native grasses in the tidal area along the 640-foot waterfront.

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