Shoreline erosion is a serious concern for many ponds, lakes, and stormwater systems. Over time; wind, waves, and overland flow can cause damage to shorelines and around inlet/outlet structures. This problem affects many developments, homeowners associations, golf courses, commercial properties, and private residences.
The effects can be loss of shoreline, failure of inlet/outlet structures, formation of open cracks and gullies, failure of dams and/or embankments. Not to mention, this causes a significant eyesore and potential safety hazards. Once started, this the erosion process will only continue to worsen unless corrective actions are taken. Early detection and intervention is the best way to prevent damage and reduce cost.
Fortunately, we can employ several mitigation techniques to combat this problem. One of the best solutions, and often the most appealing, is a vegetative shoreline buffer. Also called a riparian buffer, this solution uses plants and natural materials to strengthen and beautify the shoreline. Also adding an element of filtration, buffers help alleviate excess nutrient loading of the waterbody. Other techniques may involve reshaping and armoring high impact areas with riprap, such as inlets and outlets.