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Loan fund to help homeowners construct living shorelines

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission will soon offer a special loan fund to help property owners implement living shorelines.

The funds can be used to place live plants such as spartina along shorelines instead of installing hard surfaces like riprap there, said Beth Johnson, finance director of the MPPDC.

The district has been allocated a $250,000 grant through the state to implement the program. Money will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no maximum amount a property owner can request, but there is a $1,000 minimum loan amount, Johnson said.

Funds will come from the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Fund, Johnson said.

Those interested in installing their own living shoreline can view a public one at the Captain Sinclair Recreation Area on the Severn River at Naxera, Johnson said. The Middle Peninsula Public Access Authority, which is staffed by MPPDC, operates the Captain Sinclair site.

For more information about the living shoreline progra...

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