Stratford Point Living Shoreline: Restoring Coastal Habitats to Maintain Resiliency and Function

Project Description

Project Partners including Sacred Heart University, UCONN, and CIRCA are working on a living shoreline project at Stratford Point, Fairfield County, Connecticut. The Living Shoreline consists of an artificial reef, smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) marsh, high marsh, coastal dune and upland woody/grassland mosaics. In total, the project will provide an additional 750 feet of coastal erosion control, 4.5 acres of intertidal habitat, 1.5 acres of coastal dune habitat and 25 acres of woodland/meadow mix. Subsequent monitoring will provide additional understanding regarding the potential effectiveness of living shorelines as a means to increase coastal resilience and will inform future designs/guidelines for Connecticut and coastal communities in New England.

Products

Mattei Stratford Point CIRCA Poster

The Stratford Point Living Shoreline Project Report:

Stratford Point Living Shoreline Case Study: Coming Early 2019

Project Partners

Jennifer Mattei, Sacred Heart University Department of Biology

James O’Donnell, UConn CIRCA and Department of Marine Sciences

Kimberly Bradley, UConn CIRCA

Funding

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Connecticut In-Lieu Fee Program

CIRCA Matching Funds

NOAA 2017 Coastal Resilience Grant

reef balls

Reef Balls

“What We Do” Areas

This project is a part of the following topical areas:

Living Shorelines

Sea Level Rise

Coastal Flooding and Waves