Living shoreline in Halifax Regional Municipality

In Halifax, the living shoreline demonstration site at the St. Mary’s Boat Club utilized a grassroots approach by establishing a partnership between the Ecology Action Centre, the Halifax Regional Municipality, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Waterloo’s Climate Change Adaptation Project. This project involved multiple stakeholders, including coastal professionals, students, researchers and property owners. The project included site selection, a workshop on living shorelines techniques, and finalizing of a site plan. Participants identified locations for planting trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers at the boat club. The living shoreline was implemented in May 2015. Following the implementation of the project, the Ecology Action Centre held “living shoreline clean-up parties” to assist with mulching, weeding, planting and removing debris on the living shoreline. The clean-up is an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of living shorelines.

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