Update on the Living Shoreline Project from the Littoral Society:

We conducted biological monitoring over the spring and summer. Several large stands of marsh grasses (Spartina alterniflora) were present onsite, suggesting much of the natural marsh has rebounded after construction activities. Some of the planted Spartina has also established; however, much was lost following several storms. We will continue to monitor marsh vegetation growth and propagation through time as well as other biological metrics (# fiddler crabs, ribbed mussels, etc.). In addition, two students with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), are monitoring the site for their senior projects.    

The dunes continue to be resilient to tides and storms. Some settling and deformation has occurred although this is natural and was expected. The dune grasses are healthy and display good coverage. The silt fence will remain around the dunes until spring 2024 to help ensure root establishment. 

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