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Living Shorelines Use Nature To Prevent Erosion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Living shoreline programs in Maryland and Virginia that protect waterfront areas from erosion using natural methods are getting more than $800,000 in funding.

Sixteen homeowner associations, nonprofits and municipalities are receiving the funding announced Thursday. Living shorelines restore wildlife habitat using grasses, plants and other natural means to prevent erosion instead of bulkheads or stone.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust program is in its seventh year. The program has created more than 28,000 feet of living shoreline and 18 acres of wetland habitat.

Recipients of the funding announced Thursday include the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Talbot County, the Chester River Association and Norfolk, Va.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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