Minimizing environmental impact and ensuring wildlife safety are vital factors in erosion control. The overall aesthetics of our community is also of great importance.
Vegetative and bioengineering solutions, including regrading, stabilize the shoreline, provide wildlife habitat, filter runoff, and uptake nutrients that lead to algae.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection prefers the following methods of erosion control, in order:
- Non-structural living shorelines which use plant materials and other soft organic materials such as coir logs and coconuts mats.
- Hybrid living shoreline which use plant materials and other soft organic materials and hardening structure such as bioengineering products or riprap as wave attenuators.
- Seawalls as a last resort