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Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project

Creating an innovative multi-habitat living shoreline at Dockweiler State Beach.

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Restoring Offshore Eelgrass and Beach and Coastal Bluff Habitat

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 four acres of sandy beach and coastal bluff habitat and implement a pilot restoration to establish adjacent offshore eelgrass within a one-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 is to evaluate its potential to help buffer effects of climate change such as sea level rise and erosion caused by large-wave events. 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.

Project Highlights

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Artistic Perspective Renderings

Click through to see “before” and “after” artistic design renderings to help visualize what the site could look like 5 years following project implementation. Renderings were developed by Integral Consulting, New West Land Company, Inc., and Luzco Illustration and Design.

Offshore Eelgrass

Eelgrass beds will provide the first form of protection by stabilizing sediment, sequestering carbon, and providing valuable ecological services.

Sandy Beach

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.

Coastal Bluff

As the last line of defense, a coastal bluff restored with native vegetation will provide increased protection from sea level rise and storms.

Artistic Perspective Renderings

Click through to see “before” and “after” artistic design renderings to help visualize what the site could look like 5 years following project implementation. Renderings were developed by Integral Consulting, New West Land Company, Inc., and Luzco Illustration and Design.

Offshore Eelgrass

Eelgrass beds will provide the first form of protection by stabilizing sediment, sequestering carbon, and providing valuable ecological services.

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