Tag: shoreline erosion

Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land and the removal of beach or dune sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents, drainage or high winds (see also beach evolution). Waves, generated by storms, wind, or fast moving motor craft, cause coastal erosion, which may take the form of long-term losses of sediment and rocks, or merely the temporary redistribution of coastal sediments; erosion in one location may result in accretion nearby. The study of erosion and sediment redistribution is called ‘coastal morphodynamics’. It may be caused by hydraulic action, abrasion, impact and corrosion.

Deepwater Horizon: Not Over Yet

Deepwater Horizon: Not Over Yet

Nearly seven years on, we’re still feeling the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in some unexpected ways. A survey conducted by NASA and the US Geological Survey shows that areas of the coast where oil washed ashore have receded more quickly than they did before the spill. The

Coastal Concerns

Coastal Concerns

The storm forces of rain and wind, to say nothing of tidal ebbs and flows, pose special problems in controlling erosion along coastlines. All of these forces affect the surrounding area—beaches, roads, bridges, homes, and other buildings—as well.

Defending the Coast From Attack—Part 1

Defending the Coast From Attack—Part 1

More and more people are confronting the erosive forces of wind and waves as they flock to the coasts to live and play. Just what is the best way to handle shoreline erosion? Who should foot the bill? Should we even bother?

To the untrained eye, it looks like an obvious

Beachfront Reinforcement

Beachfront Reinforcement

The science and the industry of protecting eroding coastlines generate tremendous controversy. Some innovative erosion control methods, and a new spirit of cooperation among local beach protection projects and the Army Corps of Engineers, may be calming the waters.

Aquascapes Unlimited Native Wetland Plants

Aquascapes Unlimited Native Wetland Plants

Aquascapes Unlimited, a grower and supplier of herbaceous wetland perennial aquatic plants, provides a wholesale source for native wetland plants for projects east of the Mississippi River. The company’s primary emphasis is on the production of local ecotype native wetland plants for regulatory-driven wetland restoration projects. Designers and landscape architects

The Best Retaining Walls for the Job

The Best Retaining Walls for the Job

Even a brief perusal of the history of wall building immediately turns up the Great Wall of China, a miracle of size if nothing else. Or the Berlin Wall, important for its ability to separate one system of government from another. New England is dotted with old rock walls intended

An Insider’s View of the Rules

A member of the Mountain States Chapter, where he has served on the board of directors since 2004 and as president for the past three years, Steve Bubnick brings a unique perspective to IECA and its role in limiting the effects of accelerated erosion on river, streams, lakes, and oceans.

Project Profile: Military Reserve Center Preserved

Project Profile: Military Reserve Center Preserved

Jim Irey, vice president of Gap, PA-based Berner Construction Inc., has made a construction career out of renovating US military bases. So, in 2005, when the US Navy needed a shoreline stabilization system reconstructed at the venerable Floyd Bennett Field Marine Corps Reserve Center on the southern tip of Brooklyn,

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