An upcoming workshop in Moss Point, Miss., will aim to educate contractors and waterfront homeowners about why they should install living shorelines, which are alternatives to bulkheads, in Mississippi and Alabama. A living shoreline uses living plant material, oyster shells, earthen material, or a combination of natural structures with riprap or offshore breakwaters to protect property from erosion.
The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA Coastal Services Center and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are working together to plan and host the workshop.
Participants will be able to interact with homeowners, researchers and permitting agencies about the following topics:
- Status of living shoreline research projects
- Project showcase
- Meeting the needs of homeowners
- Legal concerns for contractors
- Permitting living shorelines
- Homeowner handbooks and contractor technical bulletins
Vendors also will be on hand to discuss their shoreline erosion control products.
The free workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 29, at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point. Lunch will be provided. Registration deadline is May 22. Go to http://masgc.org/living-shorelines/workshop-may-29 for more information or to register. Researchers, members of engineering firms and any other interested parties also are invited.