Erosion Repair: Is Your Lake or Pond In Need?

Mick RibaultBlog, Erosion Repair & Turf Improvements

Erosion Repair Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, and Beyond!

Jared Beard, Client Service Manager-Wilmington

Erosion repair of lakes and ponds can be quite costly. Like a cracked windshield, an eroded shoreline will only worsen turning your body of water into an unsafe and non-compliant waterscape. Early detection and intervention can help minimize damage and cost. As a stormwater specialist for Dragonfly Pond Works, here are my top four quick tips for spotting erosion early.

First, look around the edge of your pond and see if you spot a big pile or piles of sand along the shoreline. This sand is being washed into your pond.

Eroded shoreline with piles of sand in the water along the shoreline.

Second, look for sheer drop-offs, like a miniature jagged cliff. This is a sign that pieces of the shoreline are falling into your pond.

Eroded shoreline with sheer drop-offs.

Third, look for cuts or ruts cutting through the land and leading into the water. Rain will flow down this channel and make the cuts wider.

Ruts cutting through the eroding shoreline.
Rain flowing down the channel caused big sections of the shoreline to fall away.

Fourth, look for good vegetative cover like grass and plants. If your shoreline is just dirt, it will wash away more easily.

Lake of vegetative cover is causing this shoreline to erode.

A major cause of erosion repair in the Coastal Carolinas and beyond is wind wave erosion. Lakes and ponds can easily lose a few inches of shoreline each year this way. Major weather events like hurricanes and heavy rains will speed up this process, ‘chewing’ away at the shoreline, making the need for erosion repair more imminent. In addition to safety and compliance concerns, erosion also impacts the health of your body of water. Shallow sections of water are more susceptible to algae and flooding.

Erosion Control

Erosion control measures can help protect your lake or pond.

  1. Ensure your shoreline has good vegetative cover. This cover keeps the soil from easily washing away.
  2. Do not mow straight down the shoreline. Leave a buffer with good roots to protect the shoreline from erosion.
  3. Become familiar with your lake or pond to more easily detect changes.
  4. Specialized stormwater maintenance crews are knowledgeable in the proper care of your lake or pond. They are experienced in erosion control measures and identifying potential issues early.

At Dragonfly Pond Works, we are experts in erosion control and erosion repair. Our erosion repair solutions are low impact, cost-effective, and long-lasting. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about our services and how we can help you create a beautiful space and sanctuary.

Erosion Repair and More!

Dragonfly Pond Works helps clients discover their sanctuary. We are an environmental services company that customizes water beautification solutions, creating natural pond, lake, and wetland refuges for residents, property owners, and community members to enjoy. Our practices work in harmony with nature, but also within your budget.

As experienced specialists in pond and lake management, our designs transform retention ponds, sand filters, stormwater basins, underground detention facilities, and other types of aquatic systems into healthy and integrated waterscapes.

From Maryland to Florida, Dragonfly Pond Works serves clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including corporate, commercial and public accounts, residential customers, and homeowner associations. We provide erosion repair services and more throughout North Carolina, in Wilmington, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Charlotte. Our erosion repair services can also be found throughout Florida, in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Naples, Sarasota, and Fort Myers. We also provide erosion repair in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. We strive to develop long-term relationships based on quality work, timely service, cost efficiency, and of course trust. Please contact us if you would like to learn how we can help you create a beautiful space and sanctuary.

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