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: Oysters

Welcome back to the marsh!  Today, we are exploring one of the most important organisms that call these places home, oysters! The Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, is a bivalve in the mollusc phylum. Oysters are one of the most commercially important species in...

From the Marsh: Pickled Sea Bean

Welcome back to the marsh! Today, we will be talking about an interesting plant that inhabits salt marshes and can be eaten. Saltwort, Salicornia virginica, is a flowering, succulent plant in the Amaranth family that can be found along the upper reaches of tidal...

From the Marsh: Wild Celery

Welcome back to the marsh!   Today, we are going to dive a little bit deeper (pardon the pun!) and explore the subtidal zone (fresh water and non-tidal) in the James. Specifically, we are going to examine a plant that is crucial to maintaining good water quality and...

From the Marsh: Windsor Castle Park Living Shoreline

Welcome back to the marsh! Today we will explore the James River Association’s newest living shoreline at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield! Located on the beautiful James River tributary of Cypress Creek, this living shoreline is designed to prevent erosion near a...