Restoration > Living Shorelines >Shoreline Protection Methods Compared
 

 

 
Marsh Creation with Sill
Groin with Sand & Marsh

Coir Biolog with Sand & Marsh

Stone Revetment
Bulkhead
Do Nothing
Reduce Erosion
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no

Provide Habitat

yes
yes
yes
minor
no
no
Uptake Nutrients
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Filter Sediments
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Improve Water Access
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Dissipate Waves
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Impact to Receiving Waters
Positive (improves water quality - reduces nutrients and sediment loading)
Positive
(limited protection for marsh)
Short Term
none
Negative
(may cause near-shore erosion of bottom)
continued pollutant loading and loss of upland

 

 

Erosion of Unprotected Bank
Erosion of Unprotected Banks (slide show)

 

 

Failed Riprap
When Traditional Methods Fail
(slide show)

Replacing a Bulkhead with a Living Shoreline