Rebuilding an Eroding Bank on an Inland Lake (E3198)

Rebuilding an Eroding Bank on an Inland Lake: A Comparison of Traditional and Prefabricated Encapsulated Soil Lifts

Background

Every year, more people buy or build homes, cabins or recreation spaces on one of Michigan’s many inland lakes. In years past, if their shorelines showed signs of erosion from wind, wave and ice action, many shoreline property owners would “harden” them with rock riprap or vertical seawalls. Unfortunately, this practice has resulted in the cumulative loss of shoreline and shallow water habitat on Michigan inland lakes (O’Neal & Soulliere, 2006).

 

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