The North Carolina Coastal Federation is focused on providing waterfront property owners with better, more environmentally beneficial alternatives for dealing with problem estuarine shoreline erosion.

Our efforts are aimed at:

  • Demonstrating the usefulness and effectiveness of living shoreline methods,
  • Reforming counterproductive regulations that discourage property owners from selecting the most practical and cost-effective erosion control options, and
  • Providing training and education to all shoreline stakeholders.

Streamlined Process for Living Shorelines Permitting Now in Place

Getting permits to build living shorelines along our coastal sounds became a lot easier this spring when the N.C. Division of Coastal Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers simplified their general permit process for marsh sills.

The effect of this coordinated state and federal permit process is that property owners and their contractors can now get approval to build living shoreline projects as easily as they can get approval for bulkheads and other hardened techniques.

Learn more about this streamlined permitting process below.

How We Got Here

2019: Temporary rule 15A NCAC 7H .2700 general permit

The Coastal Resources Commission approved Feb. 27 during its quarterly meeting the final adoption of temporary rule 15A NCAC 7H .2700 general permit for construction of riprap sills for wetland enhancement in estuarine and public trust waters. Learn more about this temporary rule in this article from the Coastal Review Online.

2017: NWP 54

On January 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized its first permit for living shorelines. NWP 54 addresses the construction and maintenance of living shorelines. Learn more about the new permit in this article from Coastal Review Online.

2016: NWP Public Comments

In 2016, the federation submitted comments to the Army Corps on the proposed regional general permit for bank stabilization. The federation’s letter was joined by comment letters submitted by the Southern Environmental Law Center, Restore America’s Estuaries and scientists. Here are the letters that were submitted as public comments:

Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

The federation and Restore America’s Estuaries released a report in 2015 entitled “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities.” This is the first national assessment of institutional barriers preventing broader use of living shorelines. The report provides clear recommendations and strategies. Todd Miller, executive director of the federation, chaired the group that developed the report.

Living Shorelines Academy

Also in partnership with Restore America’s Estuaries and with grant support from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the federation has developed a national Living Shorelines Academy that consists of an interactive web portal, regional training workshops and a national meeting.

The Academy advances the policy, science, and practice of living shorelines to fulfill key national priorities identified in EPA’s strategic plan. This initiative is designed to provide targeted outreach and training to homeowners, contractors, design professional and regulators advance the appropriate use of living shorelines and it will enhance collaboration among all shoreline stakeholders.