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Best Restored Shore Award Spotlights Unique Coastal Projects

Sometimes, managing your community’s coastline is not simply a day at the beach. It can mean maintaining your vital wetland habitats, or preparing for sea level impacts by developing innovative coastal buffers, or even responding to storm and flood impacts by building in protections that mirror nature’s own solutions.

Such coastal projects are vital to your shoreline – and your community – and deserve recognition for the many benefits and opportunities they offer.

That’s the motivation behind a new Best Restored Shores award being offered for the first time by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), to recognize projects that enhance the coastal environment. Such projects could include:

  • Back bay projects
  • Living shoreline projects (including large freshwater lakes)
  • Beneficial use of dredge material for environmental projects
  • Seagrass, shellfish, reef, and other submerged habitat projects
  • Wetlands, mangroves, and other intertidal habitat and shoreline enhancement, restoration, or creation

“Continued public support for shore restoration is crucial to building coastal resiliency to storms and rising seas,” said ASBPA President Tony Pratt. “Successfully planning and implementing shoreline restoration projects can be challenging and too often their far-reaching economic benefits go unnoticed.”

ASBPA encourages nominations for new or established (constructed in the last three years) projects for the inaugural 2019 Best Restored Shores Award. Nominations must be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 12, 2019; a nomination checklist is available at www.asbpa.org. Winners will be honored at the 2019 ASBPA National Coastal Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, in October.

While we all love our beaches – and rightly so, U.S. shores reflect a far broader variety of conditions – back bays, wetlands, mangroves, reefs – all of which contribute to the economic and environmental vibrancy and quality of coast communities. Outstanding restoration projects that improve recreational values, address storm reduction values and natural resource values merit acknowledgment. Earn some appreciation for your project, and nominate it for a Best Restored Shores award.

Story by American Shore & Beach Preservation Association

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