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Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project

The purpose of the Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project is to create an innovative multi-habitat living shoreline at Dockweiler State Beach. The project aims to restore approximately 3-acres of sandy beach and coastal bluff habitat and implement a pilot restoration to establish adjacent offshore eelgrass within a 1-acre footprint.

 

 

 

This project will establish a healthy living shoreline that can support native plants and animal species both in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, while providing enhanced ecosystem services to the community including benefits to wildlife, carbon sequestration, water quality improvement, nursery habitats, shoreline and sediment stabilization, dune formation, storm protection, and nutrient cycling.

One of the primary goals of the project is to evaluate its potential to help buffer effects of climate change such as sea level rise and storm erosion. The nature-based adaptation methods will help stabilize the shoreline, minimize coastal erosion, and maintain coastal processes while protecting and enhancing natural habitats for aquatic and terrestrial species.

 

Eelgrass beds will provide the first form of protection, by stabilizing sediment, sequestering carbon, and providing valuable ecological services.Onshore, specialized beach and dune vegetation will begin to trap sand transported by wind, creating small sand dunes. Since beach and dune plants trap sediment being transported from the ocean, they will continue to grow with rising sea levels.As the last line of defense, a coastal bluff restored with native vegetation will provide increased protection.

 

This project is funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy and the Honda Marine Science Foundation. Project partners also include Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, City of Los Angeles, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Integral Consulting Inc., Paua Marine Research Group, California Coastal Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Los Angeles Audubon, Loyola Marymount University’s Coastal Research Institute, UCLA, and UC Davis.

 

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