Learning from Connected Communities: Living Shorelines Approaches

Climate change is here, it is happening, and it is impacting New Brunswickers across the province and other Atlantic Canada residents. Nature-based and natural approaches to adapting to climate change focus on implementing infrastructure that restores and protects natural areas while removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, reducing flooding and stormwater surge risks, and supporting biodiversity. This webinar will hear from municipalities on their experiences developing living and hybrid living shorelines to respond to coastal erosion, sea level rise, and stormwater surge in their communities. A living shoreline is a protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. Unlike a concrete seawall or other hard structure, which impedes the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time. Many shorelineson residential properties have their native plants, grasses and trees replaced with wooden bulkheads and/or rock walls. This artificial barrier destroys the natural habitat of birds and aquatic life, and erosion can still occur or be transferred to the neighbouring land. The shore way to a healthy future for our beloved coast might be easier than you think! Hear from Lauren Clark from the Town of Mahone Bay, NS and Madeleine Crowell from the Town of Stratford, PEI both speak on their living shorelines work.