Fog Point Living Shoreline Restoration
Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge
Project type: Resilience
Funding awarded: $9,000,000
Fog Point living shoreline work began July 2015
Construction of a living shoreline will help protect nearby Smith Island communities from the effects of intense storms and sea-level rise, as well as wildlife and habitat at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge. The project is supported by federal funding from the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Act.
- News Release - July 2, 2015 (pdf)
- Draft Environmental Assessment (pdf)
- Blog Post - April 30, 2015 (wordpress website)
This project constructs 20,950 feet of "living shoreline" to stabilize a highly vulnerable shoreline at Martin National Wildlife Refuge and directly protects over 1,200 acres of quality tidal high marsh, submerged aquatic vegetation and clam beds. It directly contributes to the Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative with federal accountability enacted by Executive Order 13508.
- Reduce erosion along a coastal section of Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge
- Increase the resiliency of refuge estuarine habitats and the local economy to storm events
- Builds resiliency against storm events and climate change for the majority of the refuge and the natural benefits it provides society
- Protects more than 1,200 acres of interior tidal high marsh, sheltered water, submerged aquatic vegetation and clam beds
- Ensures enhanced natural defenses of estuarine habitats important to the island's soft crab fishery
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
- Audubon Maryland-DC
- Friends of Blackwater NWR
Martin National Wildlife Refuge supports one of the largest concentrations of wintering waterfowl in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as important habitat for fisheries and non-game wildlife, including two of the larger and most diverse wading bird nesting colonies in the Bay.