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7/11/2012 11:02:53 AM
Delta will provide SHORE|LINKS® materials for the restoration and protection of a 4 acre dead-end canal.  The plan is to take down the levee  approximately 3 feet and deliver the soil into the canal, create an opening at the north end for water and sediment flow from Grand Bayou, install SHORE|LINKS® units perpendicular to the shoreline that overlap to create a serpentine channel  and plant smooth cord grass between the SHORE|LINKS® units.  The south end of the project area will have a series of SHORE|LINKS® logs to slow down water movement and facilitate sediment collection.  The goal is to have 80% coverage with smooth cord grass vegetation.  Expected deployment is December 2012.
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7/10/2012 4:04:58 PM
Dr. B surveyingWe experimented with several pilot studies in the fall of last year and the spring of this year confirming that the SHORE|LINKS® system is a cost- effective and environmentally sound tool for controlling erosion and creating productive shorelines in the coastal zone.  When growing conditions are favorable, SHORE|LINKS® placed along a shoreline are rapidly colonized by existing vegetation, firmly anchoring SHORE|LINKS® to the sediment.  Within a few months, sediment, roots and organic debris accumulate, burying  SHORE|LINKS® to create a newly vegetated surface that is permanently hardened against erosion.   The shoots of smooth cord grass, salt grass and seashore paspalum readily emerge through the lightweight aggregate and poly mesh used to construct SHORE|LINKS®.  The roots of larger aquatic plants such as cattails and California bulrush readily penetrate the mesh fabric, but large shoots have difficulty emerging.   We are currently developing alternative designs for the protection of areas where dense stands of these larger plants are desirable...continue reading

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7/8/2012 10:59:07 AM

Shadow Creek is a large residential area consisting of family homes and apartments in the Houston, Texas Vicinity.  This area also has over 300 acres of retention ponds to protect against flooding.  These ponds are built with a concrete embankment that goes around the perimeter to protect the shoreline from erosion.  The toe of the concrete embankment is failing due to major undercutting and the top of the embankment is eroding from rain water runoff and water saturation.  Delta is currently performing test trials in one of the ponds by using SHORE|LINKS® logs at the toe to slow /reflect water flow and individual SHORE|LINKS® units at the top to vegetate and hardening the top surface from erosion.


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7/5/2012 11:07:49 AM
The Country Club of Louisiana has a series of ponds that are suffering from shoreline erosion and loss of vegetation caused by wave energy from wind.  The repairs are in the beginning stages of reshaping the shoreline slope to a gradual versus steep slope then sod with St. Augustine.  The Club maintenance team is currently reviewing the deployment of SHORE|LINKS® after reshaping at the toe of the shoreline, with 1/4 of the SHORE|LINKS® units buried under the sod and the balance extending into the waterline that will harden the foundation and armor and protect against erosion.
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