“Coastal restoration” is often described as the technologies and techniques that physically recreate the land of our coastal wetlands, forested ridges, and barrier islands. However, coastal restoration actually encompasses much more.

It includes research, legislation, funding, planning, implementation, and evaluation of completed projects.

Many types of coastal habitats and land features can be restored by using a variety of techniques. Some of the most promising methods include marsh creation, river diversions, ridge restoration, hydrologic restoration, and barrier island restoration.