State agencies currently provide technical assistance to property owners through on-site assessments and data reviews which rely upon physical site assessments, aerial imagery reviews, web-based and geographic information system data reviews (i.e. soils, topography, and land use), and personal accounts from property owners and municipal officials.  Recommendations for coastal property owners are provided for shoreline protection, surface and groundwater control, bluff stabilization, and vegetation best management practices.  To enhance these services and information, Pennsylvania Sea Grant is currently developing a Pennsylvania Lake Erie Bluff Management Guide.  The guide will include stormwater and wastewater guidance for municipalities, present the results of the bluff recession analysis, describe the Bluff Erosion Potential Index, and provide recommendations and priorities for bluff management. This Guide will complement the Vegetative Best Management Practices Manual developed by Mercyhurst University and Pennsylvania Sea Grant in 2007.

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