American Water Resources Association
Nature-Based Living Shorelines for Coastal Resilience and Cleaner Water
Danielle Kreeger, Ph.D.
Most people understand the importance of wetlands, submerged vegetation and shellfish beds for clean water, carbon capture, essential fish habitat, and flood protection. Unfortunately, the abundance and condition of most of these habitats are in decline. The traditional management goal of restoring habitats to past conditions is being replaced by a new paradigm that promotes nature-based, engineered tactics to promote coastal and estuarine resilience to climate change. Living shorelines are an example of a nature-based restoration tactic that aims to stem the erosion and degradation of these coastal habitats by taking advantage of the structural and function properties of the biota themselves. The presentation will show examples of local living shoreline projects and monitoring data to quantify ecosystem service outcomes. Where appropriate and with sustained investment, living shorelines represent an ecologically beneficial alternative to traditional restoration and shoreline armoring that can help sustain key ecosystem services in the face of development and climate change.
Dr. Danielle Kreeger is a shellfish and wetland ecologist with more than 30 years of experience working as a research scientist and educator. She currently serves as Science Director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Associate Research Professor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate).
Please note: Presentation is to be given through Zoom at the link below. PDH's will be issued through PDFs. Please allow extra time to register through Zoom and get software set up. Presentation will start at noon. Early participants will be in a Waiting Room until noon. Participants must email AWRA.PMAS@gmail.com to request PDH Certificate after the event.
Presentation at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958865536