Living Shoreline Design | 2019

Living Shoreline Design | 2019



Product Description

A Practitioner’s Workshop

Format:  4-week Online Workshop

Living Shorelines are a biological solution to erosion at the water’s edge.  Many states require that Living Shorelines be used in lieu of traditional bank stabilization approaches such as bulkheads and stone revetments.  If properly constructed, Living Shorelines provide both bank stabilization and wildlife habitat. Due to the adaptive biological nature of Living Shorelines, they also adjust to local environmental changes over time becoming a permanent and cost-effective long-term solution.

Our 4-week online workshop will include all the basic elements needed to develop a Living Shoreline design.  We will cover important design factors including:

Site FactorsHydrodynamicsSubstrateEcology
Erosion historyWindSlopeWater quality
Sea level riseWaves and wakesWidthSoil type
Tidal rangeCurrentsDepthSunlight exposure
FetchIce and stormsBearing CapacityWildlife utilization

Permitting Considerations

Many state and local jurisdictions have specific design criteria for various construction parameters.  The US Army Corps of Engineers has a specific Nationwide permit for Living Shorelines that we will discuss. We will cover many of the “best practices” in the workshop.  One of the class assignments will be to review your local permitting requirements.

Design Assignments

The goal of this class is for you to prepare a Living Shoreline design.  You will need access to a candidate site to use for the assignment. You will need to take some simple measurements on-site, so be sure you have permission to access the property.  You will also need access to a builder’s level and transit level rod. The level and rod only need to be used for one day in the field. You can rent these from a local surveyors’ supply store.  We will provide you with more guidance on this during the class.

This workshop will be offered over a 4-week timeframe and will include presentations, resource material, interactive discussions, and weekly assignments. Please plan to spend about 3-4 hours per week participating in this class. You do not need to log into the class at any particular time and you can work on it whenever it best suits your schedule.  There are weekly assignments, discussions, and quizzes that will need to be completed on a weekly basis. These are graded, and instructor feedback will be provided. You can also contact the instructor at any time during the class to answer questions.   You can expect a prompt instructor response, usually within one business day.

Time Limits

Weekly assignments are to be turned in within the timeframe indicated for each assignment, normally ten days from the start of the lesson. Daily assignments in weeklong courses are due the next day.  You must complete all class requirements by the official end date of the course. If you are unable to complete the class within that time frame you MUST notify the Swamp School in writing. Late work may be turned in after due dates but may be penalized. If you have not completed the course by the official end date, additional time extensions can be requested but may be subject to an additional fee.  If you wish, you may transfer into the next scheduled session of the course, however, some or all of your previous coursework may not carry over to the new session and you may also be subject to a re-enrollment fee. The Swamp School reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis.

NOTE: In the event that the student falls more than two weeks behind during the class term, the student’s course access will be suspended without notice until the student contacts the Swamp School to discuss continuation in the class or transfer to another session.  It is up to the student to contact the Swamp School to discuss re-enrollment options.

Professional Development Hours: 12

Questions? Give us a call at 1-877-479-2673

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