People love to live in places where water and land meet. Shorelines provide work, recreation, living space, mild climates and wonderful views. People are not the only ones drawn to shorelines. Due to their diverse resources and habitats, shorelines tend to be biologically rich and productive places.
Unfortunately, many of the natural features that make shorelines so attractive are often the casualty of human activities. Native trees, shrubs and grasses are cleared to make way for buildings, landscaping and views. Bulkheads, docks and piers displace beaches and erode sediments below the water line. Loss of shoreline vegetation allows contaminants to flow directly into the water. Prime wildlife habitats disappear, taking with them birds, mammals, fish and beneficial insects and fish. The good news is that there are new strategies such as Green Shores for protecting waterfront properties while also protecting and restoring habitats.
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How can you use Green Shores?
Green Shores provides options and tools for a wide range of planning, design and construction professionals who are interested in minimizing the environmental impacts of their projects in a cost effective manner. For home owners and communities, the stories, resources and examples presented here can inspire you to make choices that will be beneficial to everyone in the long term. To learn more about how others have used Green Shores, see Case Studies
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