Erosion and Sediment Control
Product Case Study
Erosion Control – Trends in Living Shoreline Solutions
Since 2001, SOX Erosion Solutions has developed an industry-leading expertise in restoring eroding shorelines on inland waterways caused by fluctuating water levels. With overwhelming evidence of increased CO2 levels, sea levels are increasing. Coastal erosion increases inland water volume and thereby causing increased erosion. Another consequence of increased global warming is increased precipitation. Increased incidences of severe weather decimate shoreline ecosystems. The unstable land caused by erosion conditions often result in legal risks such as, injuries to landscapers and community residents, and with property owners losing the use of their waterfront properties and suffering flooding. Eroding shorelines also leave drainpipes, sprinkler systems, electrical, cable, and Internet lines exposed. Eroding shorelines could become dangerous. There are several temporary strategies to control shoreline erosion, including installing sandbags, rocks, and cement. ShoreSOX® and DredgeSOX® are fully integrated, eco-friendly erosion control solutions. It is an effective way to remove excess sediment from waterways or infill organic media and reclaim shorelines with native vegetation. The key advantage is that this innovative product allows us to use nature’s ability to stabilize the shoreline by planting and/or sodding directly through mesh armoring. This process establishes newly rooted bank vegetation. It is the most effective way to halt erosion while implementing Best Management Practices for shoreline management. In layman’s terms, we are filling a huge knitted soft armored mesh with rich organic sediment, lining the shoreline with this porous fabric that encourages plant growth and heat retention. Once it is sodded and fully rooted, it becomes part of the shoreline. This sock also provides a filtration system, reducing the surface nutrients and pollutants. This presentation will highlight slides from over 100 installations in North America. We will use specific case studies to show erosion damage before treatment and show improved living shorelines after the treatment is finished. Unlike other erosion control methods, the fabric approach allows for the planting of specific native plants, thereby reducing opportunistic invasive shoreline plants. Our presentation will show improved shoreline treatment after three (3), six (6) and one (1) year.
Scientists from the Florida Gulf Coast University have observed a significant reduction in phosphates and nitrates in the adjacent waterway where the SOX system is installed. Many municipalities and states are turning to these “living shorelines” as opposed to building cement walls or using other temporary strategies. The SOX system is an important alternative erosion control system for shoreline managers to critically consider.