About the Living Shoreline Collaborative

The Living Shoreline Collaborative (LSC) is a group of regional and state partners working together to scale up implementation of resilient practices along shorelines in the tidal James River watershed. The organizations working towards this initiative include the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Wetlands Watch, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Program, Elizabeth River Project, the City of Hampton, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Friends of the Rappahannock. The project is possible due to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Goals of the Living Shoreline Collaborative

  1. Share technical knowledge and practical experience of successful shoreline projects.
  2. Connect community partners who are at various stages of building community resilience.
  3. Identify concerns and needs of communities which are at high risk to sea level rise.
  4. Encourage the prioritization of living shorelines within local governments and among decision makers.


Interested in receiving email notifications of upcoming workshops and events? Contact Emily Hinson, Lower James Regional Outreach Manager with the James River Association at ehinson@jrava.org or 757-856-1252.

 Upcoming Events

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Are you involved in shoreline design, construction, or management in the James River watershed? Do you work in a locality in the James River watershed facing shoreline stabilization and erosion concerns? We want to hear from you! 

Annual Summit

Thursday February 20th 2020, 10am – 3pm
Fort Monroe, VA
Contact Emily Cope at ecope@thejamesriver.org for registration information
Agenda coming soon.

What are the major barriers to and opportunities for living shorelines in the tidal James River and associated tributaries? We want to hear about your experiences. This forum will emphasize participant feedback. Additionally, it will feature an expert panel that will be speaking about opportunities for funding living shoreline implementation. We want to hear from a variety of perspectives so we ask that only one or two representatives from each organization attend.

Are you interested in learning how to design living shoreline projects?

Living Shoreline Design Workshop

Wednesday, March 4th 2020, 10am – 3pm
Carrollton, VA
Registration Required
Agenda coming soon.

This free workshop will focus on living shoreline design for low and medium energy shorelines.

Living Shorelines 101

What are living shorelines? Living shorelines are nature-based approaches for shoreline protection and are the preferred stabilization method for tidal shorelines. In addition to stabilizing shorelines, they conserve and restore natural habitats and provide ecosystem services.

What are the benefits of living shorelines? Living shorelines provide benefits to our wetlands, waterways, and the surrounding communities. These benefits include:

  • Erosion control. Living shoreline techniques stabilize shorelines and reduce erosion.
  • Water quality benefits. Living shorelines filter stormwater runoff and improve water quality.
  • Habitat for wildlife. Living shorelines provide critical habitat to native plants and animals and create continuity between upland and wetland habitats.
  • Attractive appearance. By using natural materials and native plants, living shorelines provide an attractive, natural appearance.

Interested in learning more? The Virginia Institute of Marine Science provides comprehensive information about living shorelines on their website.