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Cardno’s Chris Pfeifer outlines living shoreline project in Delaware

Cardno assisted in the planning, design, and construction of a living shoreline in a Delaware wildlife area for more than a year, culminating in the planting of nearly 5,200 plugs of native marsh grass this summer to help complete the project.

A full description of that project is the subject of a recent blog post written by Cardno Senior Consultant Chris Pfeifer for the state of Delaware’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program (WMAP).

Titled Sassafras Landing: A living shoreline demonstration, the blog outlines the challenge, solution, and results to date of the new shoreline that is returning to a more natural form and function. As stated in the post, the term “living shoreline” refers to a suite of shoreline stabilization and erosion control techniques that use natural materials like wetland plants…to repair damaged shorelines and increase their resiliency to the adverse effects of erosion and sea level rise.

Cardno staff provided services on the project in consultation with fellow scientists and engineers from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.

Chris is a Senior Principal within Cardno in Newark, Delaware with more than 25 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental science, natural resource management and policy, and restoration ecology.

Read the entire post on the WMAP website. The WMAP’s goal is to assess the health of wetlands and the functions and ecosystem benefits that they provide for the citizens of Delaware.