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South Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit

Jacksonville, FL

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Thank you for participating in the success of the South Atlantic’s first regional summit on living shorelines, hosted by the GSAA with support from EPA Region IV and The Nature Conservancy.  The Summit included expert panels and discussions examining current living shorelines practices, challenges, and opportunities in the South Atlantic States, followed by a Living Shorelines Academy Workshop and site visit at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The purpose of the Summit was to share information on the management, research, regulation, and implementation of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region, building knowledge and relationships that expand the use of appropriate stabilization alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening.  Researchers, regulators and policymakers, property owners and managers, planners, contractors, and non-profit organizations were all invited to attend and benefit from the expertise and networking opportunities at the Summit.


THANK YOU to all our excellent speakers and moderators!

The Summit Report is now available here



The Final Program is now available.

Summit Presentations are now available.

Our generous meeting sponsors included:







Poster Submissions

Thank you to all who submitted a poster!

22 years of worldwide reef ball coastal restoration
Larry Beggs, Reef Innovations
Todd Barber, Reef Ball Foundation
James (Jim) McFarlane, James W. McFarlane’s Technology & Consulting

Blue carbon potential of living shorelines
Jenny Davis, Carolyn Currin, Colleen O’Brien, NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research

Jacksonville Zoo living shoreline project
Janet Herrick, Onsite Environmental Consulting, LLC

Estuarine shoreline research and monitoring to inform coastal management in North Carolina
Whitney Jenkins, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Division of Coastal Management,
Department of Environmental Quality

Monitoring trends in erosion, accretion, and shoreline change at a living shoreline reef: Oak Point, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
Katie Luciano, South Carolina Geological Survey
Joy Brown, Melissa Strickland, The Nature Conservancy

Development of, a tool to support living shorelines implementation
Caitlin Lustic, The Nature Conservancy

Living Shorelines in Georgia
Jan M. Mackinnon and Benjamin F. Maher, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division

Evaluating living shorelines to inform regulatory decision-making in South Carolina
Denise Sanger and Blaik Keppler, ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, SC Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute
Erik Smith, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of South Carolina
Peter Kingsley-Smith, SC Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute
Matt Slagel, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

A GIS-based decision support tool for oyster reef habitat restoration
Seth Theuerkauf and David Eggleston, North Carolina State University, Center for Marine Science and Technology
Brandon Puckett, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Division of Coastal Management,
Department of Environmental Quality

Microplastics in southeastern coastal / marine US national parks
C. Anna Toline, National Park Service, Southeastern Region




Day 1 – April 12, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville-Riverfront
1201 Riverplace Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Day 2 – April 13, 2016

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


Summit Organizers:

Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance

North Carolina Coastal Federation

Moffatt and Nichol

Summit Steering Committee Members:

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Nature Conservancy

Restore America’s Estuaries

Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability

North Carolina Sea Grant

Georgia Sea Grant

North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina

University of Central Florida

EPA Region IV

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Army Corps of Engineers