SHORE|LINKS® were ini2ally developed to combat erosion in the coastal zone where few other op2ons are available.
SHORE|LINKS® have also been used successfully at upland sites to control erosion.
The porous media provides an eﬀec2ve ﬁlter for scouring sediment from runoﬀ and eﬄuent.
Vegeta2ve stabiliza2on is a highly eﬀec2ve and permanent method of erosion control.
SHORE|LINKS® provide a stable roo2ng medium to facilitate coloniza2on in areas where currents and waves prevent growth.
As vegeta2on emerges, roots ﬁrmly anchor SHORE|LINKS® to the sediment surface. Over 2me, sediments accumulate and SHORE|LINKS® become part of a new sediment surface hardened against further erosion.
SHORE|LINKS® are constructed using lightweight aggregate, a ceramic of heat-‐ fused heavy ‘gumbo’ clay. This aggregate is encapsulated in either UV-‐stabilized poly mesh or degradable burlap.
This stable ceramic is ideal for construc2on of erosion control structures in the coastal marsh because: • Low density prevents or greatly retards structure subsidence • Porosity entraps sediment and supports aqua8c vegeta8on Lightweight aggregate is manufactured in Erwinville, Louisiana
The tough, kniRed mesh in SHORE|LINKS® retains the lightweight aggregate ﬁlling from washing away un2l it is integrated into the surface. This porous UV stabilized material traps sediment and is suﬃciently ﬂexible to allow emergence of large stems and roots . Once SHORE|LINKS® are covered by vegeta2on and sediment, photo-‐degrada2on is of less concern.
SHORE|LINKS® are convenient building blocks for construc2on of various erosion control structures.
The interlocking lobed design allows units to be stacked or rolled to construct robust structures below and above the water.
Where wave energy is high, encapsula2on of SHORE|LINKS® units in geo-‐grid results is lightweight, highly robust structures.
Mats were designed for protec2on of exposed shorelines on open bays whereas ‘logs’ were designed for construc2on of breakwaters.
SHORE|LINKS® readily conform to irregular surfaces, greatly reducing the prepara2on required to create a stable protec2ve structure.
SHORE|LINKS® weigh about 25 lbs. each and are easy to handle and transport to remote sites.
Individual units are available in pallets of 50 which can then be transferred to an appropriate vehicle or boat for delivery to the site.