Members' Wetland Webinar Series

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The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) holds a webinar each month for its members. ASWM Member webinars cover a variety of topics encompassing wetland science, policy, program implementation, and legal issues. These webinars, including recordings for past webinars are available to ASWM members. If you are not a member, you are invited to join ASWM. For information about membership, click here.

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ASWM Members webinars are generally held the fourth Wednesday of the month unless the date and time needs to be adjusted for when the presenter(s) is available.

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Using Living Shorelines Prioritization Tools for Wetland Improvements

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET


  • Damon Yakovleff, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine


Increasingly severe coastal storms and rising seas are causing coastal communities in Maine, and throughout the country, to experience loss of land along shorelines. However, not all the increases in coastal erosion are due to the effects of seawater – fresh water runoff from upland areas has important impacts as well. This webinar will present CCSWCD’s recent work to further the practice of coastal stabilization in Maine. This approach incorporates a greater emphasis on analysis of upland hydrology than has traditionally been applied to this work, in order to understand how human modification of drainage systems and coastal wetlands through coastal development affects erosion of shorelines. A key aspect of CCSWCD’s work on this subject is to promote the use of “living shorelines” for bluff stabilization over traditional “hard” approaches like concrete or riprap.

The first part of the presentation will consist of an overview of new “tools” developed by CCSWCD. The tools consist of a decision tree to walk an assessor through a repeatable process when evaluating a bluff and an in-depth plant guide that will lead landowners to plants that are best suited for each area which will differ given soil type, distance from the shore, and sun. The second part of the presentation will include application of this approach at several case study sites throughout Casco Bay in Maine. The case study locations include both estuarine and small freshwater wetlands. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the current regulatory environment and discussion of future work to promote living shoreline approaches to coastal stabilization.“


Damon Yakovleff is a Watershed Analyst for the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District in southern Maine. Damon has his Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Development from the University of Southern Maine Muskie School, and holds an AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) Certification and a GIS Certificate. He joined the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2014. He has worked on numerous coastal resiliency projects, including a coastal flooding vulnerability assessment and an assessment of the economic benefits of land conservation for avoidance of flood damages. Most recently, he has worked on a project to assess the potential for use of living shoreline techniques for coastal bluff stabilization in Maine. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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