Erosion Control: Non-Structural Alternatives

Shoreline erosion and landward migration of marshes are natural processes, and are important in the ecological balance found in healthy estuaries. To protect this balance, property owners should build as far landward of the shoreline as is possible to allow these natural processes to occur. Where houses are built close to the shore, the erosion process can present a problem for waterfront property owners. The alternatives selected by property owners to stabilize their shoreline can have positive or detrimental environmental implications. This publication is designed to help waterfront property owners evaluate their specific situation and select the remedy that can best protect property and benefit our environment.