Living shorelines can protect and enhance the beauty of shoreline properties. The DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship provides cost share assistance for installing living shorelines and stabilization projects.
Living shorelines use natural materials like native plants, oyster shells and biodegradable coconut-fiber logs as a barrier to defend against shoreline erosion and flood impacts.
The Living Shoreline Cost Share Program (LSCSP) is available to landowners, homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or community boards in many watersheds in Delaware.
Potential projects will vary in structure and need. Some projects may require simple grading or minor wetland grass planting. Other projects may require major installations such as coir fiber logs or many types of plant species.
Since each site is different, an approved project plan, and state permits, are required from the landowner. For eligible project sites, the program provides:
The Living Shoreline Cost Share Program Guidelines provide in-depth information for project criteria, design types, and financial assistance.
Eligible projects are located within the targeted watersheds shown on the map on this page. Only projects for shorelines in tidal portions of watersheds are eligible for cost share.
Some watersheds (shown in blue on the map) are eligible for grants from either program. Some (shown in green) are only eligible for Section 319 grants.
There are two tiers of grant types.
Tier one grants will go to individual landowners for individual properties.
Tier two grants will go to groups of landowners, homeowner’s associations or community boards where properties are adjacent or in shared neighborhood spaces. Find more details in the Program Guidelines.
Not sure what watershed you live in? Find your watershed here.
Financial assistance depends on the size of the project and the watershed location. Funding tiers by program and project type are listed in the guidelines along with an example of how reimbursement works.
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The “Project Cost” is the minimum amount that is spent on eligible expenses for the project. The “Reimbursement” is the maximum amount the cost share program will reimburse. Actual reimbursement will be a percentage of the eligible expenses.
The cost share program does not cover expenses that are unrelated to the installation or design of the project, such as non-native plants or lighting.
Begin by filling out the landowner inquiry form and contacting an experienced professional in living shoreline construction.
Information submitted on the inquiry form will be reviewed by DNREC staff for appropriateness and sustainability. Staff may contact the landowner to suggest changes needed for approval. The landowner or consultant must apply for any needed state permits. The landowner will enter into a cost-share agreement with DNREC.
Reimbursements are issued after construction is complete and the state has inspected the project.
For more information, please contact Kayla Clauson at Kayla.Clauson@delaware.gov or 302-739-9939.