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Living Shorelines Workshops Planned

WANCHESE — Two living shorelines workshops are planned for February at the Coastal Studies Institute.

From 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, a free workshop for real estate professionals, property owners and homeowner associations will be held on “Promoting Living Shorelines for Erosion Control.” Registration for the workshop is required.

A living shoreline project on Stump Sound in Onslow County. Photo: N.C. coastal Federation

Real estate professionals will receive four elective continuing education credits from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

During the workshop, participants will learn about the following:

  • Benefits and limitations of using living shorelines for erosion control.
  • Shoreline stabilization techniques, including living shorelines; shoreline stabilization permitting process.
  • Best practices for use of marsh plants and oyster shell in erosion control.

A second workshop for marine contractors, engineers, landscape architects, land use planners, floodplain managers, and other professionals is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Registration is required for this workshop.

This “Living Shorelines for Erosion Control on Estuarine Shorelines” workshop is free and will teach the benefits and limitations of using living shorelines for erosion control; living shorelines design standards based on site conditions; best practices for living shoreline construction and use of marsh plants and oyster shell; the permitting process for living shorelines; and living shoreline projects in the northern coastal region.

Participants in this workshop will be able to earn the following continuing education credits:

  • AICP will receive 4.5 certification maintenance credits
  • Landscape architects will receive 4.5 continuing education credits (pending approval)
  • Floodplain managers will receive 4.5 continuing education credits
  • Engineers will receive a certificate of participation to file for 4.5 PDHs

The workshops are hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and Coastal Studies Institute.

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