Maryland Port Shoreline Restoration Assessment

Baltimore, Maryland

In order to meet NPDES permit requirements for impervious area restoration and Chesapeake Bay TMDL compliance, the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) is required to identify areas with existing impervious areas that can be improved for stormwater treatment. The agency is responsible for maintaining Port of Baltimore facilities including numerous marine terminals, and climate change and its effects have become a serious concern. As a result, coastal resiliency projects are of increasing importance. MPA contracted KCI to assess more than 7,000 feet of shoreline at six of their waterfront properties.

The primary goals of the project were to improve coastal resiliency, establish a living shoreline/marsh, stabilize erosion and achieve impervious area restoration credits. Engineers performed a desktop analysis to verify shoreline changes and erosion rates and conducted field investigations to document existing conditions and provide visual assessment of the sites. Our team’s findings helped to identify seven potential projects that add up to restoration of more than a mile of shoreline along the Patapsco River.