SMHS Students Plant CBMM’s Living Shoreline

CBMM_SMHS_LivingShoreline2013 (400 x 266)On Monday, April 8, St. Michaels High School students came to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD to plant native salt marsh hay and cord grass along CBMM’s newly extended living shoreline. Students included from left, Orissa Thomas, Laura Sinderman, and Kaitlyn Whitby—all 9th graders in Ms. Greer’s environmental science class.

The project is an extension of the living shoreline CBMM installed in 2008 and 2009. Construction of the new section began over this winter, and extends the shoreline to CBMM’s property line next to the Inn at Perry Cabin.

The new shoreline is funded through generous support and grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Crystal Trust, Bonnell Cove Foundation, and Constellation Energy. Environmental Concern of St. Michaels, MD constructed the shoreline, which includes stone sill to control wave erosion, native grasses, sand, and two docks traversing the shoreline for water access.

Living shorelines use natural elements—like native grasses and sand, to provide erosion control protection while providing habitat for fish, crabs, and other wildlife.

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