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Coastal Resiliency Program to benefit residents of Shady Side peninsula

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Coastal Resiliency Program to benefit residents of Shady Side peninsula

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will partner with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper to design a climate-resilient living shoreline at Franklin Point State Park. The proposed 2,500 linear foot project will stabilize the existing peninsula to increase resiliency of the park and the nearby communities of Columbia Beach, Franklin Manor, Churchton and Shady Side. Additionally, the department is working to align dredging operations to pilot the beneficial use of dredged material at the location.

The Board of Public Works last week unanimously approved dedicated funding the project as part of a Coastal Resiliency Grant Program to help communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of climate change, extreme storms and weather. This project is one of six shoreline improvement demonstration projects that DNR is planning statewide, each of which will implement on-the-ground natural and nature-based restoration strategies, including living shorelines, marsh enhancements and stormwater management systems in vulnerable areas throughout Maryland.

“This first-of-its-kind program utilizes natural and nature-based solutions to address climate-related events and impacts, such as erosion, flooding and storm surge,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “We continue to work with our local partners, utilizing the latest technologies, to find effective and innovative ways to protect Maryland’s coastal communities, infrastructure and public resources.”

The Riverkeeper will work with DNR staff and coastal engineers to complete designs and will partner with local communities to ensure an open and transparent process.

Funds for this new pilot program were designated in Governor Larry Hogan’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which set aside dedicated funds for the design of shoreline restoration projects.