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VIMS working with federal agencies on effort to improve coastal resilience

The Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, has joined several federal agencies and other groups to launch a new method to protect U.S. coastlines.

David Malmquist, VIMS’s director of communications, said a major component of the effort is a newly created website,, that highlights a hybrid engineering approach to improve coastal resilience.

SAGE, the Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering, integrates soft or environmentally friendly, or green, natural and nature-based measures with hard or “gray” structural ones.

The new website includes more than 100 examples of projects, in the works and completed, that incorporate SAGE principles. “These projects incorporate restoration of green infrastructure such as dunes, oyster reefs and wetlands, said Carl Hershner, CCRM director. “The variety of projects—from developing an 80-foot living shoreline to installing three acres of...

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