2081 Clipper Park Road Baltimore MD 21211
The constructed living shoreline stabilizes the river bank
All native plants were installed but other species have moved in
A raingarden of native plants helps manage stormwater on the site
The original failing bulkhead

Nereid Shoreline Stabilization

The Nereid Boat Club, established in 1866, was reconstructed in the 1990s with a wooden bulkhead along a contaminated portion of the Passaic River shoreline. Not long after its construction, the bulkhead began to deteriorate. During that period, severe flooding occurred in the area on a more frequent basis than it had in the past. Rather than simply reconstructing the failing bulkhead with a steel bulkhead, Biohabitats was brought on to design a more cost-effective and ecologically sound alternative.

After a thorough site analysis, which included studies of soil, sediment, and the remaining wooden bulkhead below-ground, Biohabitats discovered that upland stormwater forces, rather than river forces, were compromising the bulkhead. Using living shoreline techniques which included native plantings, the remaining below-ground wooden bulkhead and strategic grading, Biohabitats designed, constructed, and installed a living shoreline to replace the dilapidated bulkhead. To resolve the site’s stormwater management problems, Biohabitats designed a natural system featuring a rain garden and a living shoreline. The new shoreline, coupled with green infrastructure features, simultaneously prevents further erosion, enhances stormwater management and local ecology, and restores the river bank to a more natural state.

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