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Coastal Engineering

Natural Shoreline Protection and Restoration

Natural shoreline protection and restoration are at the heart of sustainable coastal management. By leveraging nature-based solutions, we enhance the resilience of coastal ecosystems while providing effective protection against erosion and flooding. 

Our approach integrates living shorelines, wetland restoration, and oyster reef development to create dynamic and adaptive coastal defenses. These methods not only protect the shoreline but also promote biodiversity and improve water quality, making them a cornerstone of our coastal engineering practice.

Living Shorelines

Implementing living shorelines, such as those at Ferry Point Park, to stabilize coasts and promote habitat growth. Living shorelines use natural materials and vegetation to protect against erosion while enhancing habitat value.

Wetland, Estuary, and Marsh Restoration

Restoring vital wetland ecosystems to improve biodiversity and coastal resilience. Wetlands act as natural buffers against storm surges and provide critical habitats for wildlife.

Oyster Reefs

Establishing oyster reefs to enhance water quality and provide natural protection against erosion. Oyster reefs help filter water and stabilize the seabed, contributing to healthier coastal ecosystems.

Living shorelines represent a long-term solution to coastal protection, utilizing natural materials and vegetation to stabilize shorelines and enhance habitat for native species. Unlike traditional hard structures, living shorelines absorb wave energy and offer numerous benefits, including erosion control, storm surge reduction, and improved water quality. Flora native to Long Island like beach grasses and seaside goldenrod serve to stabilize coastlines and act as a buffer against rough waves and flooding. Moreover, the restoration of natural dunes and salt marshes helps dissipate wave energy and provides habitat for wildlife. As living shorelines grow, evolve and adapt to their surroundings, overtime they can become more effective than bulkheads or seawalls which are not dynamic.

Another notable advantage of nature-based shoreline solutions is their aesthetic appeal. Unlike conventional seawalls, which can detract from the natural beauty of Long Island’s beaches, living shorelines seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment, enhancing the visual appeal of coastal properties.

Collaborating with property owners and local municipalities, we develop proactive steps towards safeguarding coastal investments for generations to come. With a multidisciplinary team of specialists, McLaren provides customized strategies that harness the unique characteristics of shorelines while promoting ecological health and resilience.

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