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Design Challenges, Construction Shortcomings, and Growing Pains with Living Shorelines
A living shoreline project that "grows off" without a hitch is rare. We are applying best practices for design, construction, monitoring, and maintenance and learning from experience. But storm events and other adversity that occur early, and sometimes often, during a project provide valuable lessons in ingenuity and adaptive management, which can (and should!) inform future projects.

This interactive session will bring to light multiple, real-life scenarios that made project managers and teams exclaim, "We should have done that differently!" After case studies including outcomes and lessons learned are shared, session participants will engage in lively, small group discussions about how they addressed similar challenges. Participants will be encouraged to share other challenges they have encountered--or are encountering--and to seek solutions from the collective wisdom in the room.

Five, six-minute presentations spanning three themes, delivered consecutively in plenary.
A. Design Challenges
1 Designing and engineering challenges to the construction of innovative living shorelines. Janet Freedman will talk about managing the tension between designing for certainty and fluidity in a dynamic coastal environment.

2 Working with higher tides, coastal storms, and human uses. Julia Knisel will share challenges of sea level rise, waves and recreation, and present approaches for successful fringing salt marsh projects at public parks.

B. Construction Shortcomings
3 The problems with geotextiles and coastal restoration. Dr. Jennifer Mattei will talk about managing the negative impacts of non-biodegradable materials in coastal restoration.

4 Moving away from plastic netting in oyster shell reefs: alternative solutions. Peter Slovinsky will detail challenges and alternatives employed at two projects in Maine.

C. Growing Pains
5 Growing Pains. Dr. David Burdick will share the social, economic, and ecological problems—and the solutions they implemented—associated with installing and protecting vegetation, including the installation of cultivated marsh turf.

Discussion: Following the presentations, each presenter will join a thematic table to facilitate two consecutive 20-minute small group discussions. Participants can switch tables in between discussions to explore two different themes.

Plenary Summary: Facilitators will share highlights from the group discussions describing common and unique challenges and solutions and noting innovative approaches.
Nature-Based Shoreline Management, Living Shorelines, and Erosion