What is shoreline stabilization?
In the past, development along PEI’s shoreline was often undertaken with little thought given to the risks associated with erosion or flooding. As a result, many owners of shoreline properties are now faced with three alternatives:
- Do nothing and risk losing much of their physical property and/or existing buildings;
- Relocate buildings farther inland and allow the shoreline to erode naturally; or
- Reduce the rate of erosion by attempting to stabilize the shoreline.
The Department of Communities, Land and Environment does not recommend, as a first alternative, the use of artificial stabilization along PEI’s perimeter coastline. The Department does recommend locating new buildings, or relocating existing buildings, at a higher elevation and farther inland from the water. Government also does not provide financial assistance to landowners for shoreline stabilization work or for storm damage repair. Following a significant storm event, landowners who have property damage may contact the PEI Office of Public Safety at (902) 894-0385 to inquire about possible financial assistance.
Landowners can also obtain information about the levels of erosion and flood risk for their property by obtaining a Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment.
How can I stabilize the shoreline of my property?
Landowners can hire a licensed contractor to install shoreline stabilization structures under the Contractor Licensing Program. A list of licensed contractors is available. If shoreline stabilization work is proposed by someone other than a licensed contractor, a Watercourse, Wetland and Buffer Zone Activity Permit is required prior to starting any such activity.
Who can I contact for more information?
Areas west of Hunter River:
Kevin Arsenault (Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Supervisor)
Communities, Land and Environment
Western Forest District Office
Telephone: (902) 854-7260
Fax: (902) 854-7448
Hunter River and east: