Shore Protection Structures
The shoreline of Euclid, Ohio consists of silty-clay cliffs that are naturally eroding into Lake Erie. Bluff stabilization by residents and municipalities updrift has resulted in accelerated deterioration of Euclid’s predominately privately-held cliffs . Through state funding and creative negotiations, the City of Euclid and SmithGroupJJR were given permission to create a recreational waterfront park using both hard and soft engineering techniques designed to dynamically adapt to the forces of Lake Erie and not impede natural littoral transport. A series of numerical and physical modeling studies were undertaken to optimize a natural design that will remain stable throughout extreme events.