On June 12, 2019, Burrows was a featured speaker at the North Carolina Coastal Resilience Summit. The key focus for the summit was to highlight various natural solutions for stormwater management. Other speakers included Hunter Freeman who leads sustainable stormwater management planning and implementation projects for civil and environmental engineering firm WithersRavenel, Brian Kramer, Pine Knoll Shores town manager, and Lora Eddy, coastal engagement coordinator with The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina.
Stormwater Treatment at River Bluffs
Burrows discussed what we refer to as “low impact development”, a method used in many of Burrows past projects and a strategy used currently with the gates of River Bluffs. Below you will see a park on the far left. This park is used for stormwater treat and is designed to hold water during major rain events and then naturally filter it, rather than flooding the area. Photo 2 is the same park photo, following the water event.
The Living Shoreline at River Bluffs
In the two photos below, Burrows gives an example of how he has created a living shoreline on the banks of the North East Cape Fear River. Burrows first shaped the bank (see photo on left) and then used plants such as cord grass and fallen trees to stabilize and maintain the riverbank in order to slow and possibly hault erosion of the bank (see photo below on right). You can learn more about this in this recent video below these images.
As you will see in this video, the living shoreline is visible along a key amenity at River Bluffs, the 2,700′ overwater Riverwalk.
Read more about the summit online at: https://www.coastalreview.org/2019/06/natural-fixes-touted-at-resilience-summit/
Photos and additonal Meda can be found here: https://www.nccoast.org/2019/06/summit-discusses-the-future-of-north-carolinas-coastal-resilience/
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