Rapidly rising seas threaten to drown tidal marshes and diminish the benefits provided to people and wildlife by these valuable coastal ecosystems. Increasingly, government agencies and non-government organizations are harnessing the power of computer-based models of marsh ecosystems to inform management and policy strategies to sustain tidal marshes, including by allowing marshes to shift gradually inland with sea level rise onto formerly dry land—a process known as marsh migration. In response to a need identified by its members and partners, NROC sponsored an initiative in 2014-15 to advance the effective use of models of marsh migration in the context of management and policy.

Recent Activities & Products

Make Way for Marshes

Make Way for Marshes

The report Make Way for Marshes: Guidance on Using Models of Tidal Marsh Migration to Support Community Resilience to Sea Level Rise covers the entire modeling life-cycle.

TCAW

Tidal Crossings Assessment Workshop

Available documents include the Workshop Agenda and a list of participants.

Group Membership

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Catalysis Adaptation Partners
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Great Bay NERR
Long Island Sound Study Maine Coastal Program
Maine Geological Society Maine Natural Areas Program
Mass Audubon Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management MA Division of Ecological Restoration
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission National Park Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
NH Department of Environmental Services NH Fish and Game Department
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Rockingham Planning Commission The Nature Conservancy
Town of Newbury U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Geological Survey
University of Connecticut University of New Hampshire
Warren Pinacle Consulting, Inc. Waterview Consulting
Yale University

NROC has established two working groups to study issues and solutions to make our coastlines more resilient: the Living Shorelines Group and the Marsh Migration Group. The goal of NROC’s Living Shorelines Group is to facilitate regional knowledge-sharing around living shorelines and coastal green or natural infrastructure. The Marsh Migration Group is an initiative first sponsored by NROC in 2014-15 to advance the effective use of models of marsh migration in the context of management and policy.

Current Activities

Living Shorelines Stacker

A new click-through educational product introduces shoreline property owners to a cost-effective, eco-friendly option for protecting shorelines from waves, storms, and other causes of erosion: living shorelines.

Make Way for Marshes

Make Way for Marshes

The report Make Way for Marshes: Guidance on Using Models of Tidal Marsh Migration to Support Community Resilience to Sea Level Rise covers the entire modeling life-cycle.

Living Shorelines Group

The goal of NROC’s Living Shorelines Group is to facilitate regional knowledge-sharing around living shorelines and coastal green or natural infrastructure. This website was created to enhance group communications and support regional information sharing.

Recent Activities & Products

Living Shorelines Stacker

A new click-through educational product introduces shoreline property owners to a cost-effective, eco-friendly option for protecting shorelines from waves, storms, and other causes of erosion: living shorelines.

LS Kickoff Thumb

Kickoff Meeting – May 20,2015

The LS Group held its kickoff meeting via conference all. Documents available from the meeting include the meeting summary, as well as a presentation and white paper about living shoreline efforts in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, respectively.

Group Membership

Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant Rick Bennet, DOI Fish & Wildlife Service – Reg. 1
Patricia Bowie, MA Coastal Zone Management Jim Boyd, RI Coastal Resources Management Center
Dave Burdick, University of New Hampshire Allison Castellan, NOAA Office of Coastal Management
Caitlin Chafee, RI Coastal Resources Management Center Steve Dickson, Maine Geological Society
Peter Francis, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Janet Freedman, RI Coastal Resources Management Center
Rebecca French, University of Connecticut Trish Garrigan, U.S. EPA – Reg. 1
Adrianne Harrison, NOAA Office of Coastal Management Kirsten Howard, NH Department of Environmental Services
Julia Knisel, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Jessica LeClair, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
Regina Lyons, U.S. EPA – Reg. 1 Becca Newhall, NOAA Office of Coastal Management
Kevin O’Brien, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Jennifer O’Donnell, University of Connecticut
Tonna-Marie Rogers, Winyah Bay NERR Peter Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey
Tin Smith, Wells NERR Rachel Stevens, Great Bay NERR
Megan Tyrell, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy

If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Adrianne Harrison or Tricia Bowie.