ASLA-NY is bringing together local research and project-based perspectives on living shorelines for an evening featuring Sara Morrison of Stantec and Robert Buchanan of Billion Oysters Project. Join us as we dive into the technical aspects of living shorelines and learn more about site analysis, design, post construction uses and ecological benefits. Elizabeth Jordan, NYC Parks Natural Resources Group and ASLA-NY President, will provide an overview on the work of ASLA-NY Advocacy and this timely issue.
The Living Shorelines Act of 2018 has been gaining support in Congress over the past year to direct NOAA in making grants to State, local, and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of developing shoreline stabilization projects which establish climate-resistant living shorelines with the innovative use of natural materials. These green infrastructure projects integrate local ecosystems to provide protection for coastal communities. They can mitigate the effects of erosion, shoreline flooding, sea level rise, and absorb the impact of coastal storms.
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About the Presenters:
Sara Morrison is an Associate in the Landscape Architecture studio at Stantec. She is currently leading the Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery; a project that incorporates community outreach, resilient design, ecological restoration and habitat creation, and the intricate design of varied shoreline risk reduction structures. Much of Sara’s work focuses around the topic of design for resilience and climate adaptation. She is an active participant in Stantec’s internal research program having done studies focusing on developing standard approaches to creating vertical living shorelines in urban areas with the ultimate goal of getting them accepted by ACOE for streamlined permitting and is currently leading a research initiative on Resilient River systems, looking at how the use of nature-based solutions at multiple levels – site, riverfront, and watershed can enhance the ability of a river to respond and adapt to changing climate conditions. Sara also leads the landscape architectural design on numerous other living shoreline projects including the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority Living Shoreline Project and the Shoreline Restoration at West Pond in Jamaica Bay.
Rob Buchanan is an educator, field technician and community organizer for the Billion Oyster Project, a Governors Island-based nonprofit that aims to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Billion Oyster Project is a nonprofit organization on a mission to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Why oysters? Their reefs have the ability to filter water, provide habitat for many marine species, and help shield NYC shorelines from storm damage. Founded on the belief that restoration without education is temporary, and observing that learning outcomes improve when students have the opportunity to work on real restoration projects, collaborating with public schools is fundamental to Billion Oyster Project’s work. Billion Oyster Project designs STEM curriculum through the lens of oyster restoration for New York City schools, engages The Urban Assembly New York Harbor students in large-scale restoration projects, collects discarded oyster shells from 75 New York City restaurants, and engages thousands of volunteers. The project has planted 28 million oysters and installed 12 reef sites so far, with 6,000+ students and 9,000+ volunteers. To learn more, subscribe to Billion Oyster Project’s e-newsletter at bit.ly/bopnews, and follow @billionoyster on Twitter and Instagram and @billionoysterproject on Facebook.
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