Helping coastal communities protect their shoreline property and the environment using natural solutions

Welcome to the Texas General Land Office / Coastal Texas Study Website

Our Mission

This website was designed by the Texas General Land Office to provide
Texans with a one-stop educational resource detailing how and why to use living shorelines
as an alternative to traditional shoreline stabilization techniques.

Living shorelines are a nature-based approach to protecting shorelines from erosion. In contrast to conventional hardened shorelines, living shorelines offer many benefits to the environment along with increased resilience.
Find the information you need to know for designing, permitting and constructing a successful living shoreline project that is resilient to coastal hazards and will protect your Texas shoreline for generations to come.
A comprehensive guide to implementing a living shoreline project along the Texas coast, providing practical insight and inspiration to restore and protect coastal property on your land or in your community.
Watch this short video to learn more about the benefits of living shorelines and the resources available on this website to help build a living shoreline.
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Source: Texas Coastal Management Plan Biennial Report 2017-2018 . Austin, Texas: Texas General Land Office.

Dive Deeper

living shorelines explorer map
View an interactive map of existing living shorelines in Texas to find examples as well as projects near you for inspiration.
coastal plants
Discover common native plants that thrive in Texas coastal habitats as well as other resources to help with native plant selection for your living shoreline.
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Not sure what a term means? Well, we’ve got the solution for you — visit our glossary for an extensive list of commonly used terms in coastal management.


A publication funded by a Texas Coastal Management Program Grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA18NOS4190153.