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Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization :: Rule Update Initiative


Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Rule Update Initiative

As a result of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP) and its Implementation Plan, focus has been diverted to the estuarine shoreline and the structures used to stabilize it. 

North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan – Implementation Plan

Recommendation 3.4: Protect fish habitat by revising estuarine and public trust shoreline stabilization rules using best available information, considering estuarine erosion rates, and the development and promotion of incentives for use of alternatives to vertical shoreline stabilization measures.

  • DMF to act in a supportive role to DCM

  • EMC/DWQ to continue providing staff support for the Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan Steering Committee.  Time frame:  Ongoing (EMC/DWQ)

  • Refine rule 15A NCAC 07H.2700GP for Marsh Sills.  Time frame: Complete July 2007 (CRC/DCM)

  • Establish a CRC/CRAC Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee.   Time frame: Complete January 2006 (CRC/DCM)

  • Encourage alternatives to vertical shoreline stabilization methods through permit requirements and fees.  Time frame: Complete July 2007 (CRC/DCM)

  • Continue participation as a Technical Advisory Committee member in NOAA’s new research-sponsored program “Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise” to develop information/tools to better forecast and manage landscape responses of critical natural resources relative to sea level rise.  Time frame: Ongoing (CRC/DCM)

  • Support/promote efforts to develop shoreline stabilization demonstration projects along non-ocean shorelines.  Time frame: Complete July 2006 (CRC/DCM)

  • Pursue and provide financial support for shoreline stabilization demonstration projects and studies.  Time frame: Complete June 2007 (CRC/DCM)

Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee & Work Group
As part of the Implementation Plan, the CRC chairman established an Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee.  The Subcommittee includes 3 CRC members and 2 CRAC members.  The Subcommittee was charged with revising the estuarine shoreline stabilization rules to encourage alternatives to the vertical structure.   

In 2002, the North Carolina Estuarine Biological and Physical Processes Work Group was formed.  The Work Group was made up of experts in biology, ecology, engineering, estuarine processes, sea level rise, and erosion control.  They set out to discuss the impacts (both biological and physical) related to stabilizing an estuarine shoreline.  Shorelines were categorized into types for the purposes of the discussions.   The report was not completed.  In 2006, the Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee asked for the Work Group to be reformed and to finish the report in which they had started 2002.  The report was completed in August 2006. 

The N.C. Estuarine Biological and Physical Processes Work Group: Recommendations for Appropriate Shoreline Stabilization Methods for NC Estuarine Shorelines

The Work Group also discussed the proper location and design for structures to be used for shoreline stabilization on the estuarine shoreline.  The Work Group submitted a memo to the Estuarine Stabilization Subcommittee on October 16, 2006. 

Work group memo to Estuarine Stabilization Subcommittee

After the report was released, the Subcommittee used it to start drafting changes to the estuarine shoreline stabilization rules.  The rules have been through numerous revisions through comments and input from DCM staff, the I&S Committee, and the Subcommittee. 

CRC Memo & Rule Change Updates
Below are the memos and rules presented to the I&S committee and Coastal Resources Commission since November 2005. 

·      I&S-05-19 (August 22, 2005):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Policy

·        I&S November 2005 Minutes

·       I&S-06-13 (March 6, 2006):  Update on Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee

·        I&S-06-19 (June 7, 2006):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee and Biological and Physical Processes Work Group Update

·        I&S June 2006 Minutes

·        I&S-06-25 (August 24, 2006):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee and Biological and Physical Processes Work Group Update

·        I&S September 2006 Minutes

·       I&S-06-30 (November 1, 2006):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Subcommittee Update/Memo from Estuarine Biological and Physical Processes Work Group

·        I&S-06-30 Presentation (November 16, 2006):  Estuarine Shoreline Biological and Physical Processes Work Group Report Presentation

·        I&S Nov. 2006 Minutes

·        I&S-07-10 (May 1, 2007):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization General Permit Draft Rule Changes

·        I&S-07-10 Presentation (May 17, 2007):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization General Permit Draft Rule Changes

·        I&S May 2007 Minutes

·        I&S-07-14 (July 12, 2007):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Draft Rules

·        I&S-07-14 Presentation (July 26, 2007):  Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Draft Rules

·        I&S July 2007 Minutes

·       I&S-07-18 (Sept. 27, 2007):Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization Draft Rules 

·        CRC-08-08 (March 28, 2008): Draft Amendments to Shoreline Stabilization Rules

·        March 2008 CRC Minutes  

·        Rules Approved for Public Hearing (March 28, 2008):

·        CRC-08-23 (May 23, 2008): Bulkhead Rule Update and Draft Amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .1100 Bulkhead GP

·        CRC-08-23 Presentation Notes (May 23, 2008):  Summary of Changes to 15A NCAC 07H Section .1100 - General Permit for Construction of Bulkheads and Riprap

·        May 2008 CRC Minutes

·        Rules Approved for Public Hearing (May 23, 2008):  15A NCAC 07H Section .1100 - General Permit for Construction of Bulkheads and Riprap

 

Final Rules currently in effect:

 

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