Determining an Appropriate Approach

pyramid to illustration appropriate project approach

In determining the scale of your project, a range of approaches is available depending on your time, budget, and objectives.

Our pyramid illustrates the options available to you. They increase in cost, complexity, and time as you go from the peak to the base of the pyramid. The nature of the particular shoreline problem as well as your priorities will be factors you may use in selecting a particular approach.


  • Protect - Maintain and monitor the preservation of the shoreland
  • Prevent Disturbance - Reduce and control factors that can disturb the buffer zone
  • Plant Native Species - Use a technique that reintroduces native plant materials to restore and maintain the buffer zone
    • Live Plants
    • Seeds
    • Live Stakes & Wattles

Other important considerations include:

  • Budget - identify the costs associated with the different approaches and develop a budget that works for you.
  • Time - time commitments depend on the approach you select. Understand what the project will require and what you can do yourself or have done professionally.

For more details on these options visit the Implementing Your Project section.

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