SOFT SHORELINE STABILIZATION
Alternatives to bulkheads and other types of hard shoreline armor are called "soft shoreline stabilization" methods. These alternatives are sometimes referred to as "soft shore protection," but they do not provide the same type of protection as hard armor. Rather, soft shore designs both adequately protect the shoreline and allow for dynamic natural shoreline processes to occur.
These engineered projects are installed where site conditions are appropriate and where erosion poses a risk to a home or critical infrastructure, but can be addressed using alternative methods. These methods were developed and refined by coastal engineers to maximize protection from erosion and minimize environmental impact on natural processes and habitats. Such projects are appropriate for sites where the conditions for success are right - and should only be installed when important infrastructure or homes are at risk.