Florida Shoreline Restoration: Low Impact, Long Lasting

Mick RibaultDredging, Grading & Excavating, Erosion Repair & Turf Improvements

Photograph of block wall installed by community to protect shoreline, however water seeped through the cracks and erosion continued.

Florida Shoreline Restoration through pump dredging revives Bradenton, Florida Community Lake.

Ryan Miller- Florida Client Service Manager, Shoreline Restoration and Erosion Repair Specialist

A Bradenton, Florida +55 community contacted the Dragonfly Pond Works Florida shoreline restoration specialists to assess their popular, centrally located lake. The community had previously taken steps to try to protect their valued shoreline from continued erosion. Unfortunately, the plan did not work as intended. The Dragonfly team recommended utilizing our low impact, long lasting shoreline restoration through pump dredging to restore their beautiful lake.

Photograph of block wall installed by community to protect shoreline, however water seeped through the cracks and erosion continued.
Wall of blocks intended to protect against erosion.
Photograph of the community lake shoreline with a 'block' wall intended to protect against erosion.
Community lake shoreline comprised of blocks.
Photograph of blocks being removed prior to shoreline restoration.
Removal of blocks

Cement blocks had been installed along the shoreline as an attempt to protect the lake from additional erosion. Unfortunately, water was able to seep through the cracks and erosion continued. The DPW Team started with removing all of the cement blocks.

Photograph of DPW shoreline restoration specialist securing Geobags along the shoreline.
Geobags are secured.

Next, the DPW Florida shoreline restoration specialist secured Geobags to the shoreline. Geobags are made of a Geotextile material that keeps dredged sediment inside. The material allows water to drain back into the lake. The sediment, which has been dredged directly from the bottom of the lake, will be used to restore the eroded shoreline.

Florida Shoreline Restoration: Pump Dredging

Photograph of our lightweight dredging machine, which is operated from the water.
Florida Shoreline Restoration: Lightweight Dredging Machine

Our lightweight, low impact dredging machine is easily launched from the shoreline. It can be launched in small areas that are more difficult to access and minimizes any impact to the surrounding area. The low impact machine is ideal for golf courses and HOA’s. Nutrient rich material is pumped by the dredge from the lake bottom directly into the Geobags secured along the shoreline.

Photograph of Geobag filled with dredged material and split open.
Filled Geobag that’s been split open.
Photograph of dredged material being graded to restore the eroded shoreline.
Dredged material being graded to the desired slope.

The DPW crew fills two stacked Geobags. The bottom bag remains filled, as an anchor bag, to protect against future erosion. Once the material in the top bag dries, the bag is split open. The dredged material is then graded to a safe and natural slope.

Photograph of matting and sod being secured over the graded material.
The crew secures matting and sod.
Photograph of sod secured over matting and graded material.
Secured sod results in a natural look.

The crew then secures matting over the graded material to prevent washout. Then sod is secured over the matting.

Photograph of the eroded shoreline prior to shoreline restoration.
Shoreline Restoration: Before
Photograph of shoreline restoration completed.
Shoreline Restoration: After
Photograph of the eroded shoreline prior to shoreline restoration.
Florida Shoreline Restoration: Before
Photograph of shoreline restoration completed.
Florida Shoreline Restoration: After

Our crew has completed this Florida shoreline restoration process. The shoreline has been restored to a safe, compliant, and natural slope. Our method has minimized potential damage and protected against future erosion. Please contact us if you would like to learn how our low impact, long lasting shoreline restoration services can help you create a beautiful space and sanctuary.

We provide Florida shoreline restoration services in Sarasota, Naples, Tampa, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, and beyond! We also provide shoreline restoration services in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Wilmington, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.

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