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USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch: Living Shoreline Tour & Workshop

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Starts On - August 26, 2016 - 9:00am
Ends On - August 26, 2016 - 2:30pm
102 North Shore Drive
Surf City , NC 28445

Join the USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch for our Living Shoreline Tour & Workshop, presented in partnership with the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.


  • $25 — Nonmembers
  • $15 — USGBC & NCASLA Members
  • $10 — Students

Lunch will be catered by NY Corner Deli. For the Living Shoreline Tour, we'll meet at 9 a.m. at Morris Landing, Holly Ridge.

View our parking map and instructions. This event is pending approval for 4.5 CE hours for LEED AP, NCBOLA & AIA.

Shorelines are often stabilized with hardened structures, such as bulkheads, revetment, and concrete seawalls. Ironically, these structures often increase the rate of coastal erosion; remove the ability of the shoreline to carry out natural processes; and provide little habitat for estuarine species.

Living Shorelines seek to implement a more natural bank stabilization technique using a variety of structural and organic materials, such as wetland plants, submerged aquatic vegetation, oyster reefs, coir fiber logs, sand fill, and stone. Benefits include shoreline stabilization, protection of surrounding riparian and intertidal environments, improved water quality, and habitat creation.

The Morris Landing Living Shoreline is located within NCCF's 52 acre conservation site, south of Cape Lookout on Stump Sound. It serves as a natural laboratory and a demonstration project showcasing (5) types of living shoreline applications. We will meet at the site at 9 a.m., when tides and temperatures are low. It is a 10-minute drive from the tour site to the Surf City Visitor Center workshop location.

  • 9-10 a.m. — Morris Landing Tour by NCCF
  • 10-10:30 a.m. — Drive to Surf City Visitor Center/Registration/Intros
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. — "Intro to Living Shorelines & the Living Shoreline Academy Tool"
    • Speaker: Tracy Skrabal, Coastal Scientist/ Manager, SE Regional office, NC Coastal Federation
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — "Coastal Resiliency - Waterfront Development and Shoreline Protection & FEMA Coastal Flood Mapping and Revision Processes"
    • Speaker: Heath Hansell, PE, Coastal/Marina Engineer, Applied Technology & Management
    • Overview: Current practices, waterfront planning basics, coastal risk assessment, coastal resilience, "design with nature" approach, and project examples. Overview of FEMA coastal flood mapping, coastal construction guidelines, and map appeal/revision process.
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m. — Lunch
  • 12:45-1 p.m. — "Surf City's Ecological Marine Adventures Program & Natural Shoreline Preservation Projects"
    • Speaker: Larry Bergman, Town Manager, Surf City
  • 1-2 p.m. — "Living Shoreline Opportunities, Challenges & Interdisciplinary Collaboration Approach"
    • Speaker: Ed Morgereth, Senior Ecologist/ Project Manager, Biohabits Inc
    • Overview: Project examples from Biohabitats' portfolio of living shorelines in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay watersheds. Will include perspective on experiences working on multi-disciplinary teams of ecologists, water resource engineers, landscape architects, ecological engineers and soil scientists
  • 2-2:30 p.m. — "Native Plants for Living Shorelines"
    • Speaker: Sharon Day, Founder/ President, Mellow Marsh Farm
    • Overview: The use of native species, their erosion control characteristics, what's commercially available, pros and cons of different plant sizes, spacing and planting techniques.

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