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.

The State of the James is a report card summarizing ongoing efforts to bring the James River back to full health. This comprehensive assessment of the health of the river is published every two years. View the report to see how the river’s health has changed.


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?

Living Shoreline Collaborative Partner Highlight: Shereen Hughes

Welcome to the Living Shoreline Collaborative’s (LSC) Partner Highlights! In this series, we are meeting with LSC partners to learn more about them, their home organizations, and why they have chosen to be a part of the collaborative.Our first partner highlight of the...

From the Marsh: Winter Ducks

Welcome to Lower James, where the water is chilly and the wind is blowing! There are many ducks that grace the river in flocks and rafts during the colder moths. Today we will be investigating some of the wonderful water fowl that call our watershed home in the...

From the Marsh: Summertime Blooms

Welcome back to the marsh, where the heat of summer is in full swing! The fish are jumping, birds are fledging and learning to fly, and many plants are in bloom. Today, we will be examining a few species of marsh plants that bloom during the hottest time of the year....

From the Marsh: Hammocks

Welcome back to the Marsh! It’s a rainy winter’s day in the marsh and although there is life teeming around us, not much is active at the moment and many organisms are taking it easy until the spring. Today we are going to investigate a hammock out in the marsh. No,...