Promoting and informing stakeholders on the use of living shoreline protection

Most Texas coastal landowners have used traditional hard armoring methods for shoreline stabilization, which are not viable long-term solutions and can impede the development of natural shoreline habitats. This effort will create a role for USDA-NRCS and HRI as active participants in the TGLO Living Shoreline Committee in order to expand information sharing regarding barriers and solutions to living shoreline applications; create a Living Shoreline Information Exchange Group that will meet regularly with the goal of informing private landowners on the Texas coast about living shoreline techniques, their use, and design criteria; develop a website with details about the group and additional information to help with implementation; and, finally, identify an optimal location for a demonstration property or community-scale living shoreline using GIS analysis, staff expertise, and engagement of the community and local organizations.