While waterfront properties are wildly growing more popular it’s even more important that we do our part to keep our shores stable. Erosion is when land is worn away and in our case replaced by water. We are losing acreage, fish habitats, oyster beds, and the earth’s natural way of filtering water run off before it enters our oceans, lakes, bays, and canals. There are many ways to preserve our natural shorelines and still make your property look beautiful. What are the best options when it comes to shoreline restoration and preserving your property?
Slope your property gently
Keep your property sloped gently into the water to best absorb the energy of the waves. A sharp drop off or cliff-like edge allows waves to smash into the coast, increasing destruction and causing that wave energy to cause damage to neighboring shores.
Emulate the natural shoreline
The plants that are native to the coastal regions have such deep, strong roots that they help strengthen the shoreline and prevent the ground from breaking apart. Along with deep roots many of the native plants have thick leaves and branches that protect the shoreline from wind, rain, and other weather that typically causes erosion. Replanting native plants is a step in the right direction to preserving your waterfront property.
Choose living shorelines whenever possible
Living shorelines refer to using live plants, trees and shrubbery to stabilize your shoreline and helps provide natural habitats. Doing this when possible decreases the need or the use of rip-rap, bulkheads, and retaining walls. Living plants can adapt and replicate to provide the necessary structure of your shoreline while still providing the beauty of a well-manicured property. Living shorelines also provide habitats for our water-fowl, fish, and other wildlife while filtering water run-off before it hits our bodies of water.
(Hermitage Museum Shoreline)
Simplicity at its best
Some properties don’t need an entire shoreline over-haul. In cases like these, adding rip-rap to existing shorelines works well. Maintain healthy trees for their root structures and add some rip-rap to stabilize the other parts.
The entire goal of shoreline restoration is to stop the erosion of your property and preserve wildlife habitats. Doing one of those doesn't mean you have to destroy the other. Let us help make this possible and make your property the best it can be.
(Hermitage Museum Shoreline) Photos from Hermitage Museum can be seen here: (http://thehermitagemuseum.org/wetlands-2/)