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Living shoreline, A new guide from NOAA

Oct 2015 – Today is the release from NOAA of a Guide for people considering the use of living shorelines.

Some of the key points are:

  1. Living shorelines can become more stable over time.
  2. Living shorelines have outperformed hardened shorelines during storm events.
  3. Living shorelines provide greater habitat function than hard shorelines.
  4. Living shoreline methodologies that avoid or minimize channel-ward encroachment into subtidal areas minimize these trade-offs.

Reef Balls, have been successfully used as a Living Breakwater in various ecosystems, and at various depths.   The importance of living shorelines is emphasized by the science community,  NOAA, and the Army Corps of Engineers.   It’s time for everyone living on the shore to look at methods they can use to restore a living shoreline in their area.

 

 

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Sand on the Beach — without dredging, thanks to Reef Balls

We, all enjoy a visit to the beach, and most prefer to see soft white sand.

How to take your beach from this –

Dominican Republic Project from 1998 to 2000

to  this …..

Dominican Republic Project from 1998 to 2001 results

Dr. Lee Harris of the Florida Institute of Technology and a leading expert in submerged breakwater technologies has overseen many of these projects. 

“The basic premise of Reef Ball submerged breakwaters is to mimic natural reef systems and their ability to attenuate waves so that (beach) erosion is managed by natural like processes.  The exact amount of attenuation is usually engineered for each project and is controlled by depth, wave climate, number of rows of Reef Balls, spacing of Reef Balls, etc.  There have been very extensive wave tank studies to allow us to custom design the desired wave attenuation for a specific project.” 

For more research information on the Reef Ball site   go to http://www.reefbeach.com/#Fence

To develop your project contact Larry at Reef Innovations    Larry@reefinnovations.com

 

 

Return on Investment

This is a newly released publication from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/es/r4-partners/pdf/RestorationReturnsFINAL.pdf

Restoration Returns US FWS

The study used input‐ output analysis techniques to estimate the multiplier effect of program spending
as it flows through the regional economy. The first part applies total spending on PFW and Coastal
Program projects in FY2011 to models of each state’s economy. This yields a snapshot of the overall
effects of the program at the state level. The second part of the study consists of analyses of spending
for 15 sample projects. Each project illustrates different aspects of the program operation and its
impacts on the local regional economy