The Shoreline Habitat credits encompass actions that protect, enhance or restore shoreline habitat, including aquatic and riparian habitats.
For our purposes, shoreline habitat includes:
- The subtidal zone (in marine environments) or the littoral zone (in lake environments) to a depth of 35 feet (10 m) below datum;
- The foreshore or intertidal zone; and
- The riparian and backshore up to 200 feet (60 m) from the OHWM or Natural Boundary (see Glossary).
In this section:
The credits described in this section are available for restoration and enhancement actions, and for avoiding activities that damage shoreline processes.
This credit applies for preservation of trees, including standing dead trees (snags), on waterfront properties, and particularly in the riparian buffer.
This credit applies to removal, reduction and management of invasive vegetation and noxious weeds.
This credit applies to the retention of existing or addition of woody material along shores where it naturally occurs.
This credit discourages installation of new overwater structures and provides design standards if such structures are necessary.
This credit applies to the design or re-design of access to the shoreline from upland areas so that it avoids or minimizes environmental impacts on the shoreline area.