Living Shoreline Created at Sedge Island to Help Slow Post-Sandy Erosion

Jul 03, 2019

Staff from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, the Barnegat Bay Partnership and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary recently completed installation of a living shoreline near the caretaker’s house at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, a renovated duck hunting lodge on an island in Barnegat Bay. The project’s goal is to slow post-Superstorm Sandy erosion and promote natural accretion of the coastal wetland.

As the NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife explains, “Living shorelines may include rock, concrete and other material; this project used only biodegradable materials and an innovative method of rolling coir log – made from the outer husk of the coconut – in fiber matting to improve durability.”

The project partners will undertake monitoring and adaptive management to assess the viability of these techniques and possible application in other estuaries.

Sedge Island hosts workshops throughout the year, for adults and youngsters, to foster engagement with the bay environment and to teach fishing, crabbing, clamming, kayaking and more.

The surrounding Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone was established by the NJDEP as part of a multi-disciplinary endeavor to evaluate the benefit protected zones can have on natural resources such as eelgrass, clams, crabs, wetlands and wildlife habitats. —J.K.-H.

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