Development in our coastal areas has always been challenged by tidal action and coastal storms. Climate change has led directly to sea level rise, more frequent and severe tidal surges, and more intense storm events, accelerating the need for innovation in coastal protection. For many years, sea walls, breakwaters and other hard structures were the favored solutions for such problems.
Living shoreline design and implementation has gained significant traction in recent years, and have resulted in a rapid evolution of technology and best management practices. This session will provide an overview on the growth of living shoreline methodology and what it means to our future.
Speaker: Peter Hanrahan
Peter Hanrahan is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, and has more than 45 years of industry experience. In addition to presentations in Taiwan and the Dominican Republic, Peter has also presented at the national level for many organizations, including the International Erosion Control Association, Land Improvement Contractors of America, the Geotechnical Fabrics Institute, the National Working Waterfront Network, and the American Water Works Association.
His articles have been published in many magazines, including Erosion Control, Land & Water, Geosynthetics, and Landscape Architect & Specifier News.
He has also assisted with the development of erosion control standards with the Illinois Tollway Authority, and the State Departments of Transportation in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois.