Shoreline Restoration

What is shoreline restoration and why is it important?

The James River Association is committed to restoring the shorelines within the tidal Lower James and its many tributaries. This is a dynamic area; storms, wind and tide have long affected the shape of the shoreline and the surrounding habitat.


What are we doing?

To protect vulnerable areas, the James River Association is employing nature-based “living shorelines” as a method to slow erosion. Using a combination of native grasses, bio-degradable coir logs, and occasionally oyster castles, a stable tidal marsh may be created. This marsh can attenuate wave energy, absorb flood waters, absorb pollutants, and act as a habitat for native animals.


What can you do?

From the Marsh: Highway to Stormwater

Welcome back to the marsh! Today, we will be visiting one of the James River Association’s newest projects, located near the very mouth of the river. JRA has partnered with the City of Hampton to help restore Bright’s Creek, a small, tidal tributary to the Hampton...

From the Marsh: Hurricanes!

It has been hurricane season for a couple months now and the tropics are really heating up! Hurricanes and tropical storms are formed when hot air from sub-Saharan Africa blow over the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Loosely organized thunderstorms begin rotating...

From the Marsh: Living Shoreline Edition

Welcome back to the marsh! Today we’re visiting a very special, brand new marsh, the James River Association’s very first living shoreline! Living shorelines are a stabilized shoreline made from natural materials, including sand, marsh plants, and sometimes oyster...

From the Marsh: Spring Bloom

Welcome to the marsh in springtime! After a period of dormancy during the cold winter months, most of the marsh plants are returning and growing with vigor. Plants such as blue flag iris, arrow arum, and marsh sunflower are all putting out gorgeous blooms to be used...