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Assateague State Park Shoreline

This restoration site is part of the Maryland Coastal Bay’s Trail to Restore the Shore project! Click on this story map link to learn more about this location and the other restoration sites part of this trail!

Located in the Assateague State Park Marina, Route 611, this is open to the public.

A living shoreline project at Assateague State Park, completed in 2018, was designed by DNR, and built by Underwood and Associates, Annapolis, MD (with funding from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund) to prevent erosion and increase shoreline habitat.

Plantings of native grasses and invasive control continued into 2019. The shoreline replaced an eroding marsh using boulders and rocks to form the skeleton of the scalloped coastline. Sand and cobble filled in spaces at the boulders and were planted with native marsh and dune grasses to knit the shoreline together. One challenge was to protect the seagrass beds which are found near the shoreline in Sinepuxent Bay. Monitoring of the grass beds indicates no negative effects from the shoreline stabilization efforts.

Assateague Living Shoreline Audio Tour

Check out this video on the project!

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