As the time to enjoy the water recedes from our schedules and fall advances to winter, we turn away from the Bay until we return in the Spring- often to see then the toll that winter storms bring and think of taking action.

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Fall/Winter is when you must take action for a Living Shoreline to work.

Here’s the cycle.

Fall is for meeting us, free shoreline consultations, design work and contracts.

Winter is for applying for the Joint Permit Application (JPA). An application goes to the VA Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). They give it a number and shepherd it out to the EPA, VA DEQ, US Fish and Wildlife, VIMS, USACE, local Wetlands Board, and finally through their own department. Each jurisdiction reviews for their bit in it if they have any poke in the project. There is usually at least one formal county meeting and several informal ones. BOTTOM LINE: it takes 3-5 months to get a permit.

In winter, we also make your products in parallel with the permit process.

Spring is for installation. April 1 is the day that marsh grass, whose root structure is the primary tool of erosion control, begins its growth spurt. It is critical to get plantings and transplants into their new home in April and May. Come high summer, like lawn grass, there is a remission until the fall growth spurt.

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Waiting until fall to plant means putting a tender young wisp out there to face Old Man Winter and his Northern gales.

Summer is, of course, for growing out the oyster reef! Be in the water by mid-May, or miss the wild oyster spawn that can happen anytime in any month-but just once- without an “R”.

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So, there you have it. It is now time to plan ahead to preserving your land’s value, time to look back at the loss to the shoreline over time.