Hardened structures, such as bulkheads and seawalls, are currently the primary choice of shoreline protection for waterfront property owners. However, hardened shorelines are known to enhance erosion and often promote the loss of intertidal habitat. Living shorelines are a collection of environmentally friendly construction techniques that serve as an alternative to hardened shorelines through the incorporation of natural materials, such as native plants. To enhance extension and outreach efforts related to the promotion of living shorelines, we created a small-scale, hands-on wave tank that demonstrates the benefits of natural and living shorelines relative to hardened structures. This interactive tool allows the audience to view the differences between natural, living, and hardened shorelines for both aesthetics and wave energy reduction.
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Chenier, K., Akers, J., Liner, S., Harrier, S., Sparks, E., Biber, P., Blackmon, L., Kastler, J., & Broussard, P. (2023). A Small-scale Wave Tank For Living Shoreline Extension And Outreach. The Journal of Extension, 61(1), Article 3. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.61.01.03