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 has developed the Vegetative Best Management Practices. This manual contains information to help homeowners develop a plan of action to manage vegetation in order to help foster bluff stability.
Currently, staff are working on a companion Bluff Management Guide, which will:
• review the current understanding of coastal-change processes and causes on bluff coasts;
• provide stormwater and wastewater management guidance;
• summarize the results of an orthoimagery-based bluff recession analysis;
• describe the Bluff Erosion Potential Index being developed;
• provide recommendations and priorities concerning bluff recession.