Updated Shoreline Management Handbook

An updated Shoreline Management Handbook has been completed as part of a collaborative project between the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC), the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at VIMS, and Clay Bernick Environment & Sustainability, LLC.

The digital handbook covers the history behind the passage of the original tidal wetlands legislation in 1972 up to contemporary details of the shoreline permit application and approval process.

It also addresses the duties of wetlands boards, how to conduct public hearings, and how shoreline management relates to larger restoration goals.

While the main target audience for the handbook is citizen regulators on local wetland boards, the handbook is also useful for regulatory agency staff, policy analysts, coastal resource managers, and the general public.