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Living Shorelines

Welcome to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s living shorelines program page.

The Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative (DELSI) was created in 2008 with Rutgers University to address the increased loss of tidal salt marshes in the Delaware Estuary using a combination of native wetland plants, natural structures, and intertidal shellfish to trap sediment and absorb waves. This unique living shoreline tactic provides an economical approach for communities in the Delaware Estuary to combat the erosion of tidal marshes, which provide valuable services including water filtration, storm buffering, and and a variety habitat needs for many local and transitory species.

Click on the link below to learn more about what living shorelines are, what they can do, why PDE is involved in living shoreline efforts, and where PDE’s living shorelines are located.