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Living Shorelines in South Carolina

A living shoreline is an alternative to constructed bulkheads and seawalls to address shoreline erosion and protect marsh areas. Living shorelines use native natural materials such as plants, rock, sand, and oyster reefs to create a stable shore.

There are many benefits to using a living shoreline beyond just stability, such as long-term sustainability, improved water quality from natural runoff filtration, creation of feeding and breeding habitat for fishery species, and a softer, more aesthetically pleasing look.

Living Shoreline Articles