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Governor’s School students creating living shoreline

The sophomore class at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School has teamed up with the Friends of the Rappahannock to help revitalize and optimize the shoreline and sub-tidal habitats of the Rappahannock River.

Students from the CBGS Glenns Campus, calling themselves “the Creek Crew,” are working to improve a section of shoreline along Jamison Cove at Urbanna Town Marina, where worsening shoreline erosion issues are causing slumping of land into the cove.

Students have characterized the habitat of the restoration site, measured water quality, and mapped out the proposed restoration area. Later in the spring, they will install a section of living shoreline that will work to mitigate the erosion of this bank area.

Living shorelines, which provide protection for the shoreline and also enhance the habitat, are an alternative to traditional “hard” shoreline erosion solutions such as riprap. The proposed project also includes the addition of some oyster reef stru...

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