Erosion Control Products
Shoreline erosion is a serious issue for thousands of lakes and ponds. It can continue to get worse over time due to the impact of rainfall, wind, waves, and human activity, such as irresponsible herbicidal treatments of the shorelines. The effect can be loss of shoreline property, loss of proper depth due to the displaced shoreline soil, creation of shoreline cracks and gullies, and, of course, loss of aesthetic appeal. Once started, this process can accelerate and become worse and worse over time.
The problem affects many developments, homeowners associations, golf courses, commercial properties, and private residences. The Lake Doctors, Inc. offers a solution that costs as little as 25% of the cost of other methods like bulkheads or seawalls. After a site visit and consultation, we are often able to offer a very innovative, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible solution known generally as Geotube Erosion Control System.
Build a Solid Erosion Barrier with Our Help
Essentially, a high-quality polypropylene fabric with ultraviolet stabilizers is sewn into large tubes, which are installed and anchored along the shorelines to be restored. The tubes are then interconnected along the shoreline and a small hydraulic sand dredge is used to pump bottom sand, soil, and organic material into the tubes to fill them up with the same material that has been eroding and filling in the lake, pond, or canal.
The fabric is porous, so water and moisture can escape, leaving the bottom material in the Geotube. This reforms an even, pleasing shoreline and restores aesthetic appeal and other values once the fabric has been sodded over with new grass and/or landscape material. The final result is a long-lasting, fully-contained sand filter erosion barrier that stabilizes the bank and filters rainwater and irrigation runoff. The Geotube erosion barrier can be installed on any shoreline contour and even stacked for greater effect.
Prevent Erosion Damage with a Shoreline Buffer
Once installed, the durability and life span is unlimited. The other major advantage of this Geotube system is that the material used to fill it has been dredged from the bottom of the lake, thus removing material that has resulted in excessive shallowness next to the shoreline, along with undesirable muck and organic debris that has accumulated over the years. Preserving lakes, ponds, and waterways is core to our continued stewardship of the aquatic environment. We will take the time to visit your site and understand the scope of work required, your budget, and your anticipated outcome.
Based upon this consultation, we will create a detailed proposal that is specific to your needs and compliant with all environmental and local regulations. As another example of shoreline restoration, The Lake Doctors, Inc. was recently called to solve shoreline erosion issues due to soft soil. Partnering with a local native plant nursery, the site was turned around by planting a weed-free erosion control material, which had aquatic and upland plants planted within the matrix. This immediately provided long-term erosion control as the plants rooted into the soil beneath. Within 12 months, the plants established a proper shoreline buffer.
Contact us for more information on our erosion control products. We serve clients in Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina.