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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

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Shoreline Management Plan 1 Figure 1-1. Location of City of Suffolk within the Chesapeake Bay estuarine system. The location of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tide gauge also is shown. 1 Introduction 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. City of Suffolk understands that water resources are an integral part of the quality of life for its residents. The City’s Comprehensive Plan states that management of development and land disturbing activities directly affect the quality of surface water, drinking water, fisheries and wetland habitat (City of Suffolk Department of Planning, 2006). The shores of Suffolk range from exposed open river to very sheltered creeks, and the nature of shoreline change varies accordingly (Figure 1-1). While the City’s Comprehensive Plan provides general guidance for shore erosion control, a shoreline management plan is useful for evaluating and planning shoreline management strategies appropriate for all the creeks and rivers of Suffolk. It ties the physical and hydrodynamic elements of tidal shorelines to the various shoreline protection strategies.



Shoreline Management, Chesapeake Bay, Suffolk, VA

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