The Best Restored Shores Nominations have been extended to August 20, 2023. Please click the link below to access the nomination form.
What is a Best Restored Shore?
The ASBPA recognizes projects which address natural resource restoration to enhance shoreline resiliency by addressing environmental degradation, storm impacts, climate change, and sea level rise which all increasingly threaten the nation’s coastal, estuarine and Great Lakes communities. ASBPA understands the time, effort, and money that it takes to restore or enhance an inland or bay shoreline, and we want to recognize your accomplishments. Whether your project involves an estuary or Great Lake, a mangrove or an oyster reef – if it resulted in recreating thriving habitats or improved water quality to benefit multiple uses and aid local economies, we invite you to nominate a project for a Best Restored Shores award.
Nominations can include:
- Back bay projects
- Living shoreline projects (including large freshwater lakes)
- Beneficial use of dredge material for environmental outcomes
- Seagrass, shellfish, reef, and other submerged habitat projects
- Wetlands, mangroves, and other intertidal habitat and shoreline enhancement, restoration, or creation
- Urban waterfronts (where coastal habitat restoration, green design and materials are key aspects)
All nominations should be for projects that have completed construction two years prior to award nomination. This is to allow more complete reporting on successful outcomes and lessons learned.
Who Can Nominate a Best Restored Shore?
Representatives of coastal communities or stakeholders can nominate a restoration project. Projects demonstrating economic benefits, quantifiable ecological outcomes, and innovation (in design, construction, and/or partnering/funding) will be most favorably reviewed.