Living Shorelines Grants & Technical Assistance Program

The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is offering grants and technical assistance to help communities overcome barriers to implementing living shorelines.

This spring, the New Jersey Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is kicking off a program to assist communities in developing and implementing living shorelines as a nature-based solution to coastal erosion, and other coastal hazards. Living Shorelines are defined as shoreline stabilization techniques that incorporate native vegetation and natural materials to protect coastlines from coastal hazards, while also providing benefits to plants and wildlife.

Example of a “hybrid” living shoreline from the Chesapeake Bay incorporating high and low marsh grasses along with low crested rock sills.

TNC-NJ will be offering grants ranging from $5,000 up to $35,000 for design, permitting, and/or construction of living shorelines. We invite non-profit organizations, community associations, academic institutions, local governments, and consultants to submit applications for funding under this Living Shorelines program. Follow this link to view and download the application:

Living Shorelines Invitation for Proposals – Spring 2018

Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

We recently hosted an informational webinar on the program on March 15th, 2018. Topics covered included the Invitation for Proposals application process, as well as tools and resources for planning a living shoreline project in your area. Click here to view the webinar.

Living Shoreline Permitting Workshop: An Opportunity to Speak with the Regulatory Agencies

We’ll also be hosting an in-person workshop on Thursday April 12th at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. This workshop will feature representatives from the NJDEP and US Army Corps of Engineers, and will allow participants to get feedback on project proposals as well as learn best practices for successfully navigating the permitting process for living shorelines.

Following a panel presentation and open Q&A with permitting agency representatives, participants will be able to sign up for 15 minute time slots to have 1-on-1 interactions with the permitting agencies. These time slots will be allocated on a first come, first served registration basis, but priority will be given to participants who are in the process of designing a current living shoreline project.

Click here to register: Living Shoreline Permitting Workshop

Project Planning Tools and Resources

The Restoration Explorer: Living Shorelines App: is a high level screening tool that can help you decide what type of living shoreline technique may be appropriate for a given stretch of shoreline.

The Stevens Institute of Technology Living Shoreline Engineering Guidelines can provide planners and engineers with guidance on technical and ecological parameters that can help with appropriate siting and design of living shoreline projects.

The Community Resource Guide for Planning Living Shorelines contains helpful information on project development, including budget templates for living shorelines.

The Procurement Guide for Nature-based Solutions contains sample RFP language to help communities contract and solicit expert input for implementing living shoreline projects.

A recent White Paper: Nature Based Solutions for Coastal Highway Resilience from the Federal Highway Administration contains case studies as well as a literature review on design performance of nature-based solutions, including living shorelines.

Installation of a bio-log living shore in Maurice River, NJ. Bio-logs are used to stabilize shorelines or stream banks and prevent further erosion. Once vegetation has taken over (either planted or naturally recruited) a living shoreline will be achieved.

Installation of a bio-log living shore in Maurice River, NJ. Bio-logs are used to stabilize shorelines or stream banks. Once vegetation has taken over (either planted or naturally recruited) a living shoreline will be achieved. (Photo credit: Mike Shanahan)

For any additional questions on the program please contact john.truscinski@tnc.org.