A prac2cal solu2on for the protec2on and restora2on of our valuable wetland resources.
SHORE|LINKS® is a promising technology patented by the LSU AgCenter and exclusively licensed to Delta Land Services, L.L.C. with a shared goal of restoring and protec2ng our valuable wetland resources.
Many factors contribute to the loss of our coastal wetlands. In most cases, erosion of ﬁne sediments by waves and 2dal currents is the direct cause of loss.
SHORE|LINKS® oﬀer a cost-‐eﬀec2ve, easily deployed solu2on for protec2ng vulnerable shorelines against further erosion. Creates an integral and permanent founda2on of a hardened substrate that protects threatened wetlands.
Low density allows for it to sink in water but ﬂoat on the surface of marsh sediments, and not rapidly subside into ﬂuid marsh sediments. Promotes marsh crea2on over 2me by accre2ng and entrapping addi2onal sediments and organic debris, especially aQer vegeta2on occurs.
SHORE|LINKS® not only ‘harden’ the shoreline, they oﬀer an ideal growth medium for marsh plants. Once colonized by vegeta2on, SHORE|LINKS® oﬀer an aUrac2ve, stable marsh habitat.
Creates an excellent roo2ng medium for emergent and shoreline vegeta2on. Facilitates eﬀec2ve plan2ng.
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 aqua2c vegeta2on
Lightweight aggregate is manufactured in Erwinville, Louisiana
SHORE|LINKS® were designed as 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 shoreline on open bays whereas ‘logs’ were designed for construc2on of breakwaters.