Living Shoreline Experiment in Muddy Creek

Photos of our Living Shoreline experiment in Muddy Creek.  Coir (biodegradable coconut fiber) logs were installed and planted with plugs of Spartina grass and ribbed mussels in an effort to determine if this methodology can be used to protect and expand coastal Spartina marsh.

lpa mussel pic 1These photos taken in the fall show healthy survival of both the Spartina grass and mussels planted in the summer.  Spartina grass and the ribbed mussels are key components of the coastal marsh which provides a multitude of ecological services  including flood protection,  marine food chain productivity, nursery habitat for marine organisms and water quality improvements.  Spartina grass sequesters nitrogen and ribbed mussels filter the water.