Project Description

This is a unique project. All of the lakes in this community had some level of severe erosion along their lake banks, but the city could not approve the use of more rip rap (hardened shoreline). So, the engineers and hydrogeologists approached it from a different angle- crushed shell. The city of Estero approved the use of crushed shell (native to FL) as a non-hardened shoreline option for their lakes. We took it one step further and installed three species of littoral plants (Golden Cana, Bullrush, and Sand Cordgrass) directly inside of the shell. This strategy implements both immediate erosion control and long-term erosion control with ecological benefits. The residents were thrilled with the nearly 2,000 feet of newly restored lakes and have asked us to come back for a second and third phase!