Living shorelines help control erosion and provide habitat for surrounding marine life. With assistance from various grant sources, the federation has had the opportunity to work alongside several homeowners to install living shorelines at private properties. Funding sources include the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program. These funding programs provide financial assistance for living shoreline construction, where the grant helps to cover part of the cost and homeowners pay the rest. So far, in the Bogue Sound alone, these projects have resulted in over 13 living shorelines along 1,120 feet of Outstanding Resources Waters.
These projects serve as demonstration sites for neighbors and the community. They encourage the use of living shoreline methods for erosion control over traditional hard structures like bulkheads.
Interested in building a living shoreline at your property? Check out this fact sheet which highlights coastal N.C. contractors and engineers who have been trained to install living shorelines in your region.
Hear about the benefits of living shorelines from this homeowner who installed one in front of his property in 2018: