Shoreline Erosion Control & Restoration in Florida
Shoreline erosion in lakes & ponds is essentially the removal of coastal land that has been supplanted by water. Water wears down earth and sediment, and as such, rising water levels are one of the primary causes of shoreline erosion. Often, elevated water levels are a side effect of the changing seasons.
Lake & Wetland Management has built its reputation as a shoreline erosion control specialist in Florida through the development of its SOX Erosion Solutions erosion control product line. And while the SOX line offers a number of outstanding products, Lake & Wetland Management also offers other alternative erosion control options for use in conjunction with the SOX line, for smaller projects, or as stand-alone solutions for green erosion control solutions.
What Causes Shorelines to Erode?
Erosion is a natural process but humans often exacerbate erosion conditions by trying to manipulate water and landscape into unnatural configurations rather than trying to work with and imitate nature in design. Areas that frequently see the most dramatic erosion in Florida are human-created sites like stormwater retention basins, canals, golf course water hazards, and filled quarries, unnatural situations that frequently feature steep, nude, unprotected banks. The general consensus amongst erosion control professionals is that, under ideal conditions, the best freshwater erosion control projects mimic natural conditions as they feature gently sloping banks, utilize native vegetation to protect the shoreline, and diversify the array of techniques employed.
In addition, other contributing factors that contribute to shorelines eroding include:
- Storms or high-speed winds that create large waves
- Improperly-drained runoff from storms, agriculture, or irrigation
- Fish species that tunnel through the shoreline
Consider shorelines in some of those often-eroded sites mentioned above. Being unnatural human-created conditions kept devoid of all but the sparsest plant cover, they little resemble natural freshwater shorelines and actually attempt to futilely oppose and tame nature rather than work with it. Hard, steep banks like those of canals and quarries receive a lot more kinetic energy from clobbering wind and wave action as the water slams against unprotected vertical surfaces. Gently sloping banks, by comparison, allow waves to wash up and over the shoreline, gradually dispersing the destructive, eroding energy. Removing hard structures such as concrete headwalls and retention walls may seem counterintuitive to controlling erosion, but, while these structures themselves remain unscathed, they often promote erosion as waves wash and eddy behind and around, making damage to surrounding areas even more severe.
Local Lake & Pond Shoreline Restoration in Florida
Erosive forces come in many guises and there are just as many tactics to combat them. Protecting shorelines against such diverse onslaught in the state of Florida can be daunting but, rest assured, Lake & Wetland Management is experienced, equipped, and well-versed in effective, affordable erosion control solutions and ready to offer help, no further away than a mouse-click or phone call away.
Are you losing your lake or pond shoreline to erosion? Shoreline erosion is an issue that affects many homeowner associations, golf courses, commercial properties, & developments throughout Florida. At Lake & Wetland Management, our shoreline restoration service is an innovative & cost-effective way to provide an eco-friendly solution to lake & pond shoreline erosion. Contact the experts at Lake & Wetland Management at 855-888-5253 or contact us online.