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: 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...

Social Distancing: From the Marsh

During this time that we’re supposed to be giving each other lots of space, let's follow the example set by certain species of wildlife. While certain birds and fish like to travel together and hang out in large groups, others like to practice some healthy social...

From the Marsh: Blue Crabs

Welcome back to the marsh!  Blue crabs are one of the most important invertebrates in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to humans at least! They certainly live up to their scientific name of Callinectes sapidus, or beautiful tasty swimmer, and can be found throughout all...

Tides – From the Marsh

Marshes throughout the Lower James are influenced by tides, the periodic rising and falling of water. Twice a day, every day, the water will rise and fall by about two feet. What causes this? And why does it happen with such regularity? The answer is right above our...