This design/build project is located in Severn Maryland along Chase Creek. The Pines on the Severn Community Association worked for nearly three years before it was completed in the summer of 2015. This project was sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and the Severn Riverkeeper.
The goals were to convert 400 linear feet of bulkhead to a 640 linear feet of living shoreline and stabilize the hillside, restore natural vegetative and animals habitat, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. The project, designed and constructed by U&A, established correct angle of repose on the eroding hillside and developed a natural configuration for the shoreline to allow development of a stable beach area, riverine dune, lagoon, and tidal marsh supporting native species. The project design included two headland marshes to act as breakwaters with tombolos connecting them to the shore. The resulting beach was planted with a wide variety of native plant species including 14,000 Spartina patents and alterniflora that now serve as a nursery area for aquatic species and also help to stabilize the shoreline and clean the water. Open beach strand along the shoreline provides suitable nesting habitat for terrapin turtle and horseshoe crab as well as access for canoes and kayaks. This space is now very popular among the surrounding community and is used as an educational tool for students, teachers, scouts, and local politicians. In addition, this project was featured on the front page of the Capitol Gazette ( http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-pines-0923-20150922-story.html)