Bret M. Webb, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE
University of South Alabama
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Some of the usual suspects in Alabama and Mississippi have been busy developing technical guidance on living shorelines. What’s different about these new documents is that they are aimed at property owners and contractors instead of practitioners, scientists, engineers, etc. Our goal, as a community of living shorelines practitioners, has been to push some of our knowledge down to these underserved groups in hopes that they might make use of our regional general permits for living shorelines in Alabama and Mississippi.

Well after a couple of years of hard work (and some delays), I’m happy to say that they are finally available. Please click on the links below to download the PDFs. These projects involved too many friends and agencies to list here in this post, so please be sure to review the acknowledgments in each document. However, I would like to express our collective gratitude to the primary funding agencies (NOAA and GOMA) as well as the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and the Southern Environmental Law Center for their support and hard work.


Living Shorelines: A Guide for Alabama Property Owners


Living Shorelines: A Technical Guide for Contractors in Alabama and Mississippi.


{Edit: Fixed a problem with the links. The documents should load in the same browser window/tab now without trying to open a new one. Apologies for the troubles.}


Interested in living shorelines? Want to learn more? Please watch and listen to this video provided by Restore America’s Estuaries…






This year’s National Summit on Coastal & Estuarine Restoration, co-sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries and the The Coastal Society, was held at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. There was a definite focus on living shorelines at the meeting: dedicated sessions on the topic were available throughout the conference schedule… and you didn’t even have to change rooms!


The University of South Alabama provided three presentations in the living shorelines category at this year’s meeting. Dr. Scott Douglass lead us off on Monday, his graduate student Kari Servold provided a retrospective on Tuesday, and I wrapped things up in the last session of the conference on Wednesday. The citations are listed below.


  • Douglass, S. L., Webb, B. M., and Servold, K. (2014). A primer on coastal engineering for “living shorelines.” 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration, Washington, DC. Nov 1 – 6.
  • Servold, K., Douglass, S. L., and Prado, B. (2014). Ten years later – a retrospective investigation of design elements used to develop successful living shorelines in Alabama. 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration, Washington, DC. Nov 1 – 6.
  • Webb, B. M., Douglass, S. L., and Herder, T. (2014). Community-based restoration: a living shoreline for Mon Louis Island, Alabama. 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration, Washington, DC. Nov 1 – 6.



MASGC Living Shorelines Workshop Announcement


The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is sponsoring a day-long living shorelines workshop at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Point, MS on Thursday, May 29, 2014. More information can be found here or by clicking on the image at right. I will be providing a short presentation on the current status of research and professional practice related to the engineering design of living shorelines in the morning and will help facilitate discussions in the afternoon.


Registration for the workshop has exceeded our expectation and there is currently a wait list to attend. However, please sign up if you are interested as many early registrants may withdraw due to changing schedules. Follow the links provided to sign up for the wait list.





The Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation held their 22nd biennial conference in sunny San Diego, CA back in November 2013. The theme of the conference, “Toward Resilient Coasts and Estuaries, Science for Sustainable Solutions,” was evident throughout the event. There were a number of excellent sessions and presentations during the conference, as well as some good side conversations!


I gave two presentations at last year’s CERF meeting: one on living shorelines and another on work that Chris Marr completed for his MSCE thesis in 2013. The citations and abstracts are linked below. Please contact me if you are interested in either (or both) presentations.






  • Marr, C. D., Webb, B. M. 2013. Hydrodynamic modeling of turnover times in Mobile Bay, Alabama and their sensitivity to tides, fluvial discharge, and meteorological forcing. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, November 3 – 7, San Diego, CA.