Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

Publication Date

11-2015

Abstract

With approximately 85 percent of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline privately owned, a critical need exists to increase awareness of erosion potential and the choices available for shore stabilization that maintains ecosystem services at the land-water interface. The National Academy of Science published a report that spotlights the need to develop a shoreline management framework (NRC, 2007). It suggests that improving awareness of the choices available for erosion control, considering cumulative consequences of erosion mitigation approaches, and improving shoreline management planning are key elements to minimizing adverse environmental impacts associated with mitigating shore erosion. Actions taken by waterfront property owners to stabilize the shoreline can affect the health of the Bay as well as adjacent properties for decades. With these long-term implications, managers at the local level should have a more proactive role in how shorelines are managed. The County recognizes that development has led to increased runoff and non-point source pollution and identifies the need to guide efforts to maintain water quality, preserve wildlife habitats, and minimize the risk of natural hazards (Stafford County Planning Commission, 2010). The shores of Stafford range from exposed open-river to very sheltered creeks, and the nature of shoreline change varies accordingly (Figure 1-1). This shoreline management plan is useful for evaluating and planning shoreline management strategies appropriate for all the creeks and rivers of Stafford. It ties the physical and hydrodynamic elements of tidal shorelines to the various shoreline protection strategies

DOI

https://doi.org/10.21220/V5TW2J

Keywords

Shoreline Management, Chesapeake Bay, Stafford County, VA

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Funding

This project was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA14NOS419041 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.