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Sharptown in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chesapeake Bay Restoration in Progress

Sharptown Living Shoreline

 
 
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By Nate Davidson, January 21, 2011
1. Chesapeake Bay Restoration in Progress Marker
Inscription. What is a "Living Shoreline?" A natural shoreline with a gradual transition between the bank and water's edge. Typically, planted with native (plants common to the local area) trees, shrubs and grasses - living shorelines do not end abrubtly at water's edge like a common bulkhead. Instead they use gradual slopes, vegetation, and low rock sills to slow wave energy and create habitat for fish, crabs and other critters that live along this transitional area.

Upland Buffer
Native trees are planted in the buffer to provide shoreline stabilization and erosion control.

Bankface
Grasses and shrubs are planted along the bank to provide further erosion control and some habitat.

Tidal Marsh
Wetland plants are placed in this area providing the most habitat for nesting terrapins, horseshoe crabs and other species. This area is flooded during high tide.

Biolog and Rock Sill
Biologs are made of organic material and help stabilize the newly created bank.
Depending on wave energy and location rock sills may also be used to provide added stabilization.

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Sharptown's Historic Shoreline

Sharptown was a thriving shipbuilding town during most of the 19th century and into the early part of the 20th century. Located
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By Nate Davidson, January 21, 2011
2. Chesapeake Bay Restoration in Progress Marker Location
on a stretch of high ground where the river runs relatively straight, Sharptown became the ideal spot for building sailing vessels.

An abundance of good lumber nearby allowed shipbuilders easy access to the materials they needed to build the large, 100ft. schooners that sailed the world.

This project was funded under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in conjunction with the Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Program
 
Erected by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA.
 
Location. 38° 32.676′ N, 75° 43.142′ W. Marker is in Sharptown, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker can be reached from Railway Street 0.1 miles north of Little Water Street. Touch for map. This marker is located within Cope Bennett Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Railway Street, Sharptown MD 21861, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sharptown War Memorial (approx. mile away); San Domingo School Community & Cultural Center (approx. 2.3 miles away); San Domingo School (approx. 2.6 miles away); "Rehoboth" (approx. 4.7 miles away); Mount Pleasant Methodist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away in Delaware); Portsville United Methodist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away in Delaware); Woodland Ferry (approx. 5.1 miles away in Delaware); Cannon's Ferry (approx. 5.1 miles away in Delaware).
 
More about this marker. On the left is a diagram of the shoreline depicting "Mean High Tide" and "Mean Low Tide".

On the right are photographs of "Sharptown's shoreline, before restoration" and "Living Shorelines before and after restoration" with the caption, "Hardened shorelines/bulkheads are removed to create soft, natural habitat".
 
Categories. EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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