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               Whether you live on the water,

              or own a business there,

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MMCA logoSince 2008, Bay Pile Driving has been a member of the Maryland Marine Contractors Association.


This non-profit organization has the goal of promoting safety among marine construction contractors, as well as representing the interests of all stakeholders with regard to development of waterfront properties. Visit the MMCA website for more information.


Living Shorelines - Natural Erosion Control

hybrid living shoreline exampleAccording to the Chesapeake Bay Trust website, a living shoreline is defined as one that utilizes "shoreline stabilization techniques that use natural habitat elements to protect shorelines from erosion while also providing critical habitat for Bay wildlife." Recent environmental studies indicate that living shorelines decrease harmful environmental impacts, and in some cases may even offer greater erosion control than traditional shoreline protection systems such as wooden bulkheads, rock walls and similar "hard revetments."

Add Beauty and Value to Your Waterfront Property –
At Lower Cost

Because living shorelines use natural habitat elements, they are often considered more naturally beautiful. They can improve the aesthetic quality of any property (when viewed from either the water or the home) and also increase the resale value of any home for which they are installed. As an added bonus, together with potentially available grant funds, some living shoreline designs may actually be more cost effective to install than traditional (hard) revetments.

Types of Living Shorelines

There are several types of living shorelines, primarily designated by the amount of erosion control required on a particular site. Some systems use only living elements, allowing trees and shrubs, biologs, marsh grasses, oyster reefs and underwater grasses to do the job.  Hybrid living shorelines utilize combinations of these living elements with segmented rock sills or jetties, which still allow turtles and other wildlife beach access while simultaneously protecting the beach.  

Design and Installation – Permits and Processes for Creating a Living Shoreline

a living shoreline protection systemAs an environmentally conscious company, Bay Pile Driving has followed the recent studies as well as the current and pending state legislation that has resulted from them. We are educated in the design and installation of living shorelines for both residential and commercial/industrial properties along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and would love to talk with you about your own living shoreline project. Depending on current legislation and availability, grant monies may be awarded for eligible living shoreline projects for both home owners and communities through state programs and private foundations. Bay Pile Driving will assist you in determining eligibility and securing grant monies when possible. We also assist in the permitting process, in order to assure that any work we do is in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.


For more information, please download this PDF document from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation regarding living shorelines.


If you are considering any type of shoreline protection for your waterfront property, please contact us for a consultation to explore the possibilities and gather information on the current legal practices regarding both hybrid- and living shorelines.







I love my new pier! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You and your crew @ Bay Pile Driving should be very proud of the work you do. I could not be more pleased.

Take care,

Bay Pile Driving is fully licensed and insured in the State of Maryland.


Educated consumers are urged to beware of contractors that are not licensed and fully insured in the state in which work is being done.

A contractor should be eager to show you his license in the form of a wallet-size card, or a full-size certificate.

Take down the number and search for it online (Maryland DLLR website) to be sure it is still valid.


Also be sure to ask for a certificate of insurance for workman's compensation and liability. If your contractor does not have these,

and a worker is injured on your property, YOU could be held liable for any medical bills!

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