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Bank Stabilization


Bank Stabilization in Tidally Influenced Areas


Due to the dynamic nature of our area, erosion of upland can occur anywhere along tidal river and creek banks. Protecting the upland bank may be necessary to preserve the integrity and stability of your property. Bank stabilization techniques can include hard structures like bulkheads and seawalls, or softer techniques like riprap placement or living shorelines techniques. In any case of bank stabilization projects occurring below the high tide line or within a marsh jurisdictional area a permit is required.

  • Structures that are less than 500 linear feet are permitted through the authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), under the Nationwide Permit (NWP) #13 (please contact William M. Rutlin, Branch Chief, with the US Army Corps of Engineers office at 912.652.5893 or william.m.rutlin@usace.army.mil) and the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources issuance of the State of Georgia Revocable License.
  • If the NWP conditions are met, application does not need to be made to the USACE.  Application materials must be sent to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division AND to the Environmental Protection Division Coastal Office to ensure that no buffer variance is required. 
Contact your local permit coordinator at either our Brunswick headquarters office at (912) 264-7218 or at our Richmond Hill satellite office with questions or to schedule a pre-application site visit.