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Living Shorelines Practices & Projects in CT

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Storrs Campus
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road West Hartford, CT 06117

Greater Hartford Sierra Club Program Meeting

Thursday, April 13, 2017 Activist letter writing: 7pm Program 7:30pm: Living Shorelines Practices & Projects in CT by Dr. Rebecca French

Donation: $4 to defray hall rental fee

Living Shorelines Practices & Projects in CT

Dr. Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. Dr. French will provide examples of living shorelines in Connecticut and regionally, discussing ongoing CIRCA research projects. Living shorelines are nature-based erosion control techniques, not a new concept, but new to Connecticut and the Northeast. As much of the State's shoreline is armored with hardened structures, there is a growing interest in preserving the natural elements of the shore while also providing protection from erosion. Living shorelines can be an excellent alternative to hard structures at the coast. Importantly, hard structures (e.g. bulkheads, revetments, seawalls, etc.) are often damaging to a coastline. They can increase erosion at the shore, inhibit natural coastal processes, and destroy natural habitat for fish, animals, and plants. Where hard structures 'fail,' living shorelines succeed. Living shorelines mimic natural settings and have many positive co-benefits to erosion control, including but not limited to: habitat creation, water quality enhancement, and maintaining natural coastal processes. In this role, her relationships with community leaders in at risk communities, state policy makers and relevant state, local and regional organizations translates research products of CIRCA into usable information for these stakeholders while soliciting their input into CIRCA's work. Doors open at 7:00 pm for refreshments and letter signing.

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Rebecca French.

Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (primary)

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