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Hail Cove Living Shoreline Restoration

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Maryland

Project type: Resilience

Project status: In progress

Funding awarded: $1,550,000


Living shoreline work began in August 2016 and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Project Summary

This project constructs 4,000 feet of "living shoreline" that will stabilize a highly vulnerable shoreline at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and directly protect more than 400 acres of high quality tidal marsh and submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chester River. It ensures that these habitats continue to provide natural benefits to the human communities of the Chesapeake Bay.

Conservation Goals

  • Reduce erosion along a section of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge from the Chester River.

Project Benefits

  • Protects a length of marsh shoreline between the Chester River and interior tidal marsh, sheltered water, submerged aquatic vegetation and clam beds.
  • Builds natural defenses for this important complex of habitats, protecting one of the largest stands of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chester River and important migratory waterfowl habitat

Project Partners

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Audubon Maryland-DC
  • Friends of Eastern Neck NWR
  • Waterfowl Chesapeake

Additional Details

Shoreline erosion is an immediate threat to this refuge and the natural benefits it provides. This project will dissipate wave energy and slow erosion, increasing the natural barriers of refuge estuarine habitats to storm events and directly contributing to Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative with Federal accountability enacted by Executive Order 13508.

Learn about other projects at the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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Last updated: November 4, 2016