NY Sea Grant Releases Guide for Erosion Management

New York Sea Grant has released a new guide “Erosion Management for New York’s Great Lakes Shoreline.” The 16-page guide can be downloaded for free online at http://bit.ly/2IoF1F4 or requested from New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

“Erosion is a natural process and shorelines in the Great Lakes region are constantly changing shape. Developing an understanding of the natural processes at work and identifying the level of protection needed for specific sites are important considerations in planning a project,” said guide author Roy Widrig, coastal hazards and processes specialist with New York Sea Grant, Oswego, New York.

Readers will learn about managing shoreline properties for better drainage and bluff stabilization, nature-based erosion management features, such as coir logs and sills, and traditional hard or gray structures.

The guide outlines the different types shoreline management options and discusses the design considerations, limitations and effects on coastal processes and coastal ecosystems.

Photos in the illustrated guide include shoreline management options seen along New York’s Great Lakes shoreline along Lake Ontario at Irondequoit Bay in Monroe County; Sterling in Cayuga County; Chimney Bluffs and Sodus Bay in Wayne County; Selkirk Shores State Park and Sandy Island Beach in Oswego County; and Westcott Beach State Park and Chaumont Bay in Jefferson County.