Hail Cove Living Shoreline Restoration
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
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.
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.
- Reduce erosion along a section of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge from the Chester River.
- 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
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Audubon Maryland-DC
- Friends of Eastern Neck NWR
- Waterfowl Chesapeake
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.