A Living Shoreline replaced a failing bulkhead at the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission’s Edenhouse boat ramp on the Chowan River.
The salt marshes that fringe our coastal waters are some of the most productive and valuable natural habitats in the world. And North Carolina’s got them — more than 3,000 square miles of them.
They offer many benefits, including:
- providing food and shelter for many creatures
- serving as critical nurseries for many important marine species
- filtering pollutants from stormwater runoff, the most significant water quality pollutant in North Carolina
- protecting the land from wave energy, storm surges and tides
- providing aesthetic value, enhanced views, a sense of place and privacy