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Strategies discussed for controlling erosion of Mathews County’s shoreline

Mathews County’s recently completed Shoreline Management Plan was the topic of discussion last Thursday during a meeting at Mathews Memorial Library.

John Shaw, Mathews County planning and zoning director, and Scott Hardaway of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Shoreline Studies Program gave a slide show and discussed the plan, then directed residents to maps that indicate areas with erosion problems and to charts that provide information on suggested remedies.

Shaw explained that the plan divides the county’s 300 miles of shoreline into three reaches, or continuous stretches, the first of which begins on the Piankatank River at the county line and runs East to Hill’s Bay at Cherry Point. The second reach runs from Cherry Point to New Point, including Milford Haven, and the third reach runs from New Point to the county line on the Mobjack Bay. Each reach includes tributaries, as well.

Hardaway and his collaborators, Donna Milligan and Marcia Ber...

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