The Twin Rivers Shoreline Stabilization Project was awarded the Best Restored Shores Award for 2022 from the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) in Westin Long Beach, California, at the National Coastal Conference, “Shifting Shores, Surf, and Sediment,” on September 16, 2022. Martin County constructed this project in 2005 to address over 1,000 feet of severely eroded shoreline within the park. ATM, a Geosyntec Company, served as the Engineer of Record for design, permitting and construction.

The award acknowledges the work completed as part of the Twin Rivers Park Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project by Martin County. While the primary goal of the project was to mitigate long-term severe erosion, the project incorporated habitat restoration and recreational amenities into the design to enhance the environmental value and resiliency of the project. Since construction, this project has been an example of the successful adoption of living-shoreline approaches to stabilize shorelines and an inspiration for several similar projects in the Southeast United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

ASBPA is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing our coasts by merging science and public policy. They advocate for healthy, sustainable, and resilient coastal systems to sustain four interconnected core values provided by shores and beaches: community protection, a strong economy, ecologic health, and recreation.

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