Mr. Kevin M. Smith has been working on coastal and shoreline related issues for over 30 years with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Early in his career, he started working to introduce "non-structural" shoreline practices as part of on-going effort in Maryland to promote more environmental- friendly approaches to reduce erosion. He has worked on a number of innovative shoreline designs which have been installed throughout Maryland's tidewater region. Many of these projects set the standard for what became known as "living shoreline" practices. Over the years, Mr. Smith has led many trainings and education workshops regarding the design and construction of living shorelines for designers and marine contractors. He continues to develop and implement innovative shoreline projects which promote ecologic compatibility and help to move the science of shoreline restoration forward.