Living Shoreline Design

Living Shoreline Design Online Workshop



Product Description

A Practitioner’s Workshop

Format:  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 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.


The class is presented in a topics format and will run for a total of 8 weeks. Students can work at their own pace and complete the course in as little as 2-weeks or progress at more relaxed 8 week speed.  There is no specific time schedule when students can work on the class.  Each workshop topic can be completed in about 3-4 hours. This class is offered entirely online as a virtual classroom experience.  However, this is an instructor lead class and our instructors stand ready to help you with any questions or clarifications you may have.

Professional Development Hours: 12

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

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