Golf course grounds keepers, Commercial Property managers
and Home Owners Associations all know the value of a well
maintained shoreline and the need for erosion restoration
and erosion control. At American Shoreline Restoration we
also know that maintaining the aesthetics and landscaping
on your property is also a priority. Your Lake or pond builds
up silt and debris every time it rains which will encourage weeds to
build up. A combination of dredging and bank stabilization
may necessary to correct and prevent further erosion. America Shoreline Restoration offers a non-invasive, cost-effective
installation of our Geotec-Tube system which will restore your
Lake, canal or ponds shoreline.
American Shoreline Restoration provides the lowest cost of all erosion repair options, tested & proven for over 20 years,
providing the benefits of; reclaiming lost property, increasing
property values, is environmentally responsible, adds excellent
aesthetic quality, all work is performed from the water, and no
heavy equipment used and Cleans debris from lake bottom.
Geotec Tube combines the strength and durability of textile
materials with the stability of compressed soil for superior
erosion control and erosion restoration.
American Shoreline Restoration has earned the leadership role
in the Geotec Tube installation industry by giving attention to
detail on every project and achieving 100% customer satisfaction.
ASR meets, and in many cases exceeds, the required specs for
shoreline maintenance established in 1993 by the State of Florida
We invite you to meet our growing sales force, "call for references
Please give us a call. We'll be glade to visit your site and give
you a free, no obligation estimate. We look forward to working with
you on your shoreline restoration and erosion control projects.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Erosion control is the practice of preventing or controlling wind or water erosion in agriculture, land development, coastal areas, riverbanks and construction. Effective erosion controls are important techniques in preventing water pollution, soil loss, wildlife habitat loss and human property loss.
Erosion controls are used in natural areas, agricultural settings or urban environments. In urban areas erosion controls are often part of stormwater runoff management programs required by local governments. The controls often involve the creation of a physical barrier, such as vegetation or rock, to absorb some of the energy of the wind or water that is causing the erosion. On construction sites they are often implemented in conjunction with sediment controls such as sediment basins and silt fences. Bank erosion is a natural process: without it, rivers would not meander and change course. However, land management patterns that change the hydrograph and/or vegetation cover can act to increase or decrease channel migration rates. In many places, whether or not the banks are unstable due to human activities, people try to keep a river in a single place. This can be done for environmental reclamation or to prevent a river from changing course into land that is being used by people. One way that this is done is by placing Geotech Tube and vegitation along the bank. Bank erosion is the wearing away of the banks of a stream or river. This is distinguished from erosion of the bed of the watercourse, which is referred to as scour.
The roots of trees growing by a stream are undercut by such erosion. As the roots bind the soil tightly, they form abutments which jut out over the water. These have a significant effect upon the rate and progress of the erosion.
While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10-40 times the rate at which erosion is occurring globally. Excessive (or accelerated) erosion causes both 'on-site' and 'off-site' problems. On-site impacts include decreases in agricultural productivity and (on natural landscapes) ecological collapse, both because of loss of the nutrient-rich upper soil layers. In some cases, the eventual end result is desertification. Off-site effects include sedimentation of waterways and eutrophication of water bodies, as well as sediment-related damage to roads and houses. Water and wind erosion are now the two primary causes of land degradation; combined, they are responsible for about 84% of the global extent of degraded land, making excessive erosion one of the most significant environmental problems world-wide.
How to Control Erosion in Florida (wiki how)
Erosion happens when rain and wind wash and blow away the earth’s topsoil, making it impossible for trees and plants to grow and leading to mudslides and clogged waterways. Erosion can turn once healthy, vibrant land into arid, lifeless terrain. It’s a common occurrence at construction sites and other areas where the land has been disturbed. The best way to control erosion is to restore the land to its natural state by planting groundcover and trees, which hold the soil together with their roots and prevent it from washing away.
1). Look for telltale signs of erosion. Erosion will look a little different depending on the natural features in your region, but there are a few fairly universal telltale signs. Look near areas where the land has been disturbed by construction or natural occurrences that might have washed away the soil. You’ll often find erosion near culverts, pipes that move water under a trail or road.
Check for bald spots. Hillsides and slopes often have places where no trees or plants grow. You might see a buildup of soil below them.
Look for exposed roots. The soil might be washing or blowing off the top of roots that aren’t normally exposed to the elements.
Look for exposed rock that wasn’t there before. If you notice new boulders that seem to be getting bigger each year, the soil might be receding around them.
Look for channels and gullies. These are areas where water and wind have been able to cut through the soil, forming shallow channels or deeper gullies. This is a major sign of erosion that can lead to big problems if left unaddressed.
2). Go outside when it's raining. A heavy rain will tell show you where the water is forming channels and washing away the topsoil. You need this information in order to know how to best protect your land from further erosion. Here’s what to look for:
Watch where the water runs. On healthy land, the blow of each raindrop is absorbed by a plant before it hits the ground, where it is then quickly absorbed. In problem areas, where there’s no groundcover, it pounds the ground and breaks up the soil, then washes it away. Watch which direction it seems to be running and where it collects.
Look for standing puddles. Big, muddy puddles where the water isn’t absorbing correctly could be a sign of erosion in that area.
Look at the color of the water in streams. In a healthy area, rainwater should be quickly absorbed into the ground and surrounding streams should run clear. In areas with erosion, you might see the streams get very muddy from soil runoff during a rainstorm.
3). Make a plan. The only real remedy for erosion is returning the soil to its natural state by making it hospital to healthy plant and tree growth again. The process by which you go about this task will be different depending on the state of your land and the location of the erosion. If you have light sheet erosion, which is erosion on a relatively flat area of land, you can plant vegetation right away. You’ll start with temporary groundcover to hold the soil together, then gradually move on to adding native plants that will restore the land to its healthy state.
You may want to protect certain areas from further erosion by erecting barriers, such as rock piles.
If you have channels on your land, they’ll need to be broken up in order to prevent them from creating gullies.
If you have gullies, it will be necessary to use structures and digging techniques to support the soil before you can plant anything. If you try to plant seeds in a gully, they’ll just wash away in the rain.
4). Call American Shoreline Restoration Service to ask for advice. If you’re not sure how to proceed, they are a really good resource to turn to. Call them and discuss your situation over the phone. You may also ask them to dispatch an expert to help you determine the best way forward. 888-753-7633
Usable shoreline property increases your properties value and aesthetic curb appeal.
There is also the value of your personal use for your boat launch, fishing dock, jet-ski
launch and tie off, as well as outdoor entertaining with friends and family.
Shoreline erosion sluffs off the soil on your shoreline into your waterway contributing
to a shallow shore area causing weeds to choke out your access to the lake, pond or canal
reducing your recreation, boating, skiing and fishing opportunities. This is also an open
invitation to snakes and other unwanted aquatic pests.
To keep your properties lake, pond or canal’s shoreline useable and clear of weeds for
your outdoor recreational fun, like you envisioned when you purchased your property
or restore you shoreline to the way it was before erosion changed it's once admired condition.
Let American Shoreline Restoration give you some advice about improving your shoreline
property by using erosion restoration techniques to rebuild your shoreline and putting in place
erosion control barriers to keep your property from reverting back to an eroded condition for years
Our shoreline restoration technique involves recycling sand and organic material from the adjacent body of water. This removes the need to bring in costly material and the potential of damage caused by heavy equipment. Once the shoreline has been completely restored any type of foliage can be planted and it can be safely walked on or driven on by machinery. Our Erosion Control experts will design and create the perfect landscape that you desire!
Every year, erosion causes millions of dollars worth of damage to the shorelines of public and private properties. Without adequate protection, this degrading land can cause very significant and costly damage. So please browse our site and learn about how Erosion Restoration can restore your properties natural charm and prevent further erosion.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of rip rap?
The main disadvantages are that it costs a lot for the boulders ( rip rap) to be transported!
Other Disadvantages of rip rap are;
- Questionable aesthetics--looks like rubble at first, later looks better, with more vegetation.
- It requires relatively large stones because of large storm flow. The larger the stones, the more problems for children and pets and the harder it is to fit into a narrow ravine.
- Too bulky for use in tight places. Cannot follow the twists and turns of some community HOA's needs. You could end up with a ravine partially filled in with stone. Dangerous in the first years for children, who can trip or twist ankles
- Placing rip rap of large stones may require large equipment that will damage the area
- The canal can sometimes become lower then the rip rap line making things look unplanned and hurting the shoreline aesthetics.
Let me explain this last point. The rip rap will be very porous, especially until all the spaces fill with sediment. Hence the water will flow underground more of the time. Children like to play in water and these rocks can be a hazard for the first 5-10 years.
Most of these features are impossible with rip rap so that's why I advise against rip rap in most housing developments. Rip rap and landscaping are incompatible in tight places.
The bulkiness of rip rap means the canal will have to be wider, causing more trees to be cut.
There is a better option, and a cheaper option, why choose to get the ugliest outcome. I can offer something much more attractive more competitively priced that poses no hazards and will not cause any damage to existing landscape. There is also a very obvious demarcation
of where rip rap starts and ends in individual property lines.
EROSION - ITS EFFECT ON SOIL PROPERTIES, PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFIT (Erosion of Lakes and shoreline article)
For commercial property owners Home owners associations and Golf Course grounds keepers erosion is very harmful, but few realize how harmful.
There are high costs for clean-up and repair from soil erosion as it depletes soil
quality and clogs storm water drainage systems as well as ruining the aesthetics of your shoreline. Tthe greatest costs are Real Estate values and erosion repair by
the landowners and associations. The benefits of erosion control are sometimes obscure, but the costs of
erosion are real. Your Real Estate value you can be dramatically impacted by shoreline
Erosion reduces productivity by modifying soil properties and is more harmful to soils
that: 1) are shallow, 2) have poor quality sub-soils, and 3) do not have a thick topsoil.
Any combination of these characteristics greatly increases the damage from erosion. Deep
soils with more excellent subsoil properties are virtually unaffected by soil erosion. More
fertilizer would be required to replace the fertility loss, but the production potential
would change little, if any. However, most soils have some undesirable properties which
lower production, since erosion causes more subsoil to be incorporated into top layer.
Erosion removes organic materials found in topsoil, causing the subsoil to mix with the
remaining topsoil during annual planting. In immature soils (like many of those in
Florida), this subsoil material has more sand, and less organic matter, lower available
water-holding capacity and lower fertility status. Also, the soil structure is likely to be
coarser, less stable and subject to more damage by rainfall impact, tillage or traffic. As
more and more of the subsoil is mixed into the topsoil by tillage, it adds more and more of
these characteristics to the topsoil.
The sand content in the topsoil of two soils studied in Florida increased from 25 to 31
percent in soil and from developments with poor water run off planning 20 to 25 percent in
Northern Florid soil as a result of moderate erosion. This increased sand content also
increases fuel, chemical and fertilizer requirements for HOA's and Golf Courses.
Soil erosion removes the lighter and more easily dislodged particles. This means that
organic matter is one of the more easily eroded constituents. Moderate erosion of top
soil in Florida was found to have reduced the topsoil organic matter content from 1.7 to
1.5 percent. Soil density also increases with erosion. This increases problems associated
with tillage, tilth and seedbed preparation.
Plant Available Water
The most limiting factor for landscaping in Florida is probably water. Erosion usually
reduces the plant available water holding capacity of a soil. In a study of Florida
topsoil, the plant available water holding capacity decreased from 29 to 24 percent in the
loam soil and from 24 to 20 percent in the soil because of erosion.
Two things cause this reduction in plant available water holding capacity --a shallower
soil and more undesirable soil properties. As the sand increases and organic matter
decreases, the amount of water a soil can make available to the plant decreases. This is
probably the single most important effect of erosion on soil productivity.
Soil erosion removes the part of the soil which is usually richest in plant nutrients.
Erosion on soils which are highly fertile, naturally or by fertilizer addition, will result
in greater fertility losses. All nutrients are lost during erosion but the most
economically significant losses will probably be that of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium
If the soil is naturally low in fertility, then erosion will cause a loss of the added
nutrients and increase the fertility requirements of the soil. Sandy soils usually low in
fertility, as current studies show, due to the effect of moderate erosion. Although a site
had been highly fertilized for years, erosion can cause difference in the fertility status
of the soil.
More fertilizer and lime would be required to raise and maintain the soil test when erosion
is allowed to occur. The greater the erosion, the more fertility that would be lost. It has
been estimated that the value of plant available nutrients lost from a highly fertile soil
in Florida could range from $3 to $14 per acre (considering fertilizer prices and a soil
loss of 14 tons per acre). It is difficult to put a real value on the soil nutrients lost
due to erosion. It depends on the soil fertility level and the availability of the
nutrients in the soil. Regardless, the loss can be considerable and should not be ignored.
Fortunately, the fertility can be replaced, but the cost must be recognized and taken into
A number of soil properties are affected by soil erosion. Fertility, organic matter,
rooting depth, soil tilth and available water holding capacity are reduced and soil texture
is changed. Collectively, these properties affect the yield potential of the soil. In most
cases, the potential productivity of the soil will be decreased as erosion occurs. The
yield decrease is usually so slight from year to year that the grounds keeper may not
realize that it is happening. Therefore, productivity loss due to soil erosion is usually
not considered to be a financial loss. As small annual losses accumulate with time, soil
fertility is substantially reduced.
Many of the soils in Florida have limited rooting volumes due to underlying fragipans,
shellrock or limestone. Loss of surface soil by erosion further decreases the already
limiting volume of soil favorable for root growth and available water storage. This can
cause many unfavorable situations with Home
Owners Associations and Green's Keepers, as well ac commercial property managers and
What could moderate erosion cost a producer over the period of a lifetime? It would depend
greatly on the soil and its fertility status, but it would not be unusual to lose 17 tons
of soil per acre per year from a poor drainage design of a subdivision or drainage canal
system. To maintain the soil in a high fertility status,
it might cost hundreds of dollars per foot in property value depreciation. In addition,
the annual loss in water front shoreline property could be much more devastating to your
investment per acre after several years of erosion. Again the losses could be exponentially
higher. Considering these two factors, the annual loss
is only one factor, ability to sell your property or even enjoy the use of it could be
Erosion reduces the productivity of many soils by affecting the soil properties and depth.
This reduction is substantial and long-lasting, and can not be reversed over a lifetime,
even with conservation management, low intensity use or high fertility amendments. The most
important yield-limiting effect of erosion is probably the decrease in plant available
water holding capacity. The soil fertility status may be significantly decreased by erosion
but can be replenished by additions of lime and fertilizer, although with greater expense
and lower efficiency than for un eroded soil. The overall effect of erosion is an economic
loss which accumulates