Workshop to focus on living shorelines

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Dec 28,  2007

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium will host a Living Shorelines Workshop from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Ala., on Thursday, Nov. 29. The workshop will offer homeowners and marine contractors information about alternative structures for shoreline erosion protection. The current trend in Alabama and Mississippi is to build hard structures, such as seawalls and bulkheads, to protect coastal properties. Hard structures often are not the best options for the environment.

The workshop will include information about the concept of living shorelines, current research, permitting, funding opportunities and cost, design and maintenance of shoreline alternatives.

The registration fee is $15 and lunch is included. To register, contact Kay Bruening at (228) 818-8842 or For technical questions, contact Dr. Chris Boyd at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center at (228) 546-1025.

A charter bus will transport workshop participants from Biloxi to the workshop and back at no additional charge. The bus will depart the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources parking lot on Bayview Avenue in Biloxi at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 29. Seating is limited. To reserve a bus seat, contact Marian Dicas (228) 475-7047 or


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