What comes to mind when you think of construction projects the Aqua-Barrier is perfectly suited for? Shoreline restoration may not be your first thought. However, this environmentally-friendly solution to dewatering and water storage is an excellent choice for a shoreline restoration project.
Anyone who has observed gradual erosion knows how important shoreline restoration is. Whether the goal is removing invasive species or simply preventing shoreline erosion, restoring the natural shoreline of a body of water provides stability to the surrounding land in addition to extending the area’s life expectancy. Of course, dewatering is a necessary part of this process. Let’s see how an Aqua-Barrier can help with the work of shoreline restoration.
Shoreline restoration helps with more than just sustaining the natural environment. Water-dependent structures like bridges, dams, and pipelines all depend on a stable shoreline to be able to do their jobs and last a long time. Before you begin work on any of these essential fixtures, pay attention to the nearby shoreline and make sure it’s strong enough to sustain your project.
Pro Tip: Part of shoreline restoration is removing invasive species of plants. If you introduce vegetation to hold the soil in place, make sure they’re native to the area.
How is Shoreline Restoration Performed?
Simply put, shoreline restoration consists of rebuilding an eroding shoreline and strengthening it to prevent further erosion. The most common and most effective methods of shoreline restoration are creating a buffer zone, a strip of vegetation to hold the soil in place, or through erosion matting, which consists of planting seeds in a biodegradable but largely water-resistant mat. In serious cases, you may prefer to try stone and vegetation rip rap. This technique involves rebuilding the shoreline with a combination of gravel and vegetation, solidifying the shore while encouraging the plant life to grow back.
How Can the Aqua-Barrier Help?
The Aqua-Barrier dewaters your construction site quickly and does an excellent job holding the rest of the water back, providing a safe, dry worksite. Additionally, once the job is done, you can just drain the inflatable cofferdam right back into the body of water to restore the natural ecosystem and balance. Use a temporary cofferdam to make your project go faster and make the results last longer!
Protect Your Shorelines
Whether your goal is to prevent erosion or restore a dwindling body of water, an Aqua-Barrier can help streamline your shoreline restoration project. This waste-free, fully reusable addition to your construction kit is a wonderful tool for environmentally-focused work.
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If you own a contracting company or work in the construction field, you are well aware that many projects are in or around shorelines. Carrying out the project can damage or disrupt the shoreline, causing erosion and the possible destruction of our precious shorelines.
What Projects Require the Use of Shoreline Restoration Techniques?
Employing shoreline restoration techniques can be beneficial in a number of construction fields and projects. It is important to consider shoreline restoration when dealing with many dewatering projects, such as pipeline construction, bridge and dam projects, and for sediment control. Here are five times that shoreline restoration needs to be taken into consideration:
Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
Bridge and Dam Projects
1) Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
Erosion occurs by the removal of coastal land that has been supplanted by water. It can be caused by storms, high winds, improper irrigation, and construction projects that disrupt the shoreline.
2) Sediment Control
It is important that developers and builders take into consideration sediment to help prevent erosion. When the soil and shorelines are disturbed, it can lead to a loss of habitat, blocked stormwater drains, public health issues, and an increased risk of flooding.
3) Bridge and Dam Projects
Because bridge and dam construction or repair projects require dewatering and are located along shorelines, they are an important time to use shoreline restoration techniques and practices.
4) Pipeline Construction
Many times, pipeline construction projects and inspections are performed in the water, and therefore the shoreline needs to be taken into consideration.
5) Ecosystem Restoration
When it comes to keeping shorelines healthy and the ecosystem thriving, it is imperative that control measures are installed before excavation or site disturbance occurs. Construction projects and natural weather disturbances can cause harm to the shoreline. When it comes time to performing restoration techniques, be sure you are using the best tools for the job.
ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam allows you to create a temporary dam in order to get a dry workspace to begin a shoreline stabilization project–without having to worry about flooding surrounding areas.
Shoreline Restoration and the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam
It is the job of the builder or developer to consider shoreline restoration and take reasonable care to prevent material (soil, sand, litter) from leaving construction sites. This can be achieved by using proper dewatering technique and using the best tools available, like the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam. Traditional sandbags can actually cause more damage to the shoreline, so using a cofferdam is the best option for any shoreline restoration project.
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Should You Rent or Purchase an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam?
Both renting and purchasing an Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dam are good options, but it’s best to choose the option that best suits your construction and dewatering needs.
1) Cost Factors
There are advantages to both options, but when deciding between these them, the biggest factor should never be in regards to just the cost, but the frequency of the need should be the main deciding factor.
2) Frequent Flooding
Water-Inflated Dams are an essential tool for flood prevention and minimizing the damage of your businesses’ valuable property. If your business is in an area with frequent heavy rains and flooding, it might be a good choice to purchase your Aqua-Barrier cofferdam.
3) Construction Purposes
If you own a construction company, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all construction projects. An Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is the ideal solution to creating the dry worksite needed for pipeline construction, bridge repairs, shoreline restoration, and other projects.
ProTip: Renting a cofferdam might be beneficial if you do not have a lot of work, but if you frequently need to dewater sites, you can easily save money and time by investing and purchasing a water-inflated dam.
Aqua-Barrier: The Smart Alternative
One thing is for certain, the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags. They are environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective. Both renting and purchasing a cofferdam are good options, but if you find yourself having to rent as frequently as once a year, those costs tend to add up quickly.
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Cofferdams have been around for some time now, and have been used for many impressive projects in the United States, such as the repair of the U.S.S. North Carolina and the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York City. Below are seven of the top uses for a cofferdam and how they might assist you on your next dewatering project.
1) Boat Ramp Construction & Repair
Whether you are building a new boat ramp or repairing an existing one, an inflatable cofferdam is a perfect way to get the water out of your work site.
2) Concrete Repair
Working on submerged concrete, like with canals and culverts, can prove a daunting task. An Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is a safe and effective way to get your area dry and ready for repairs.
3) Pipeline Construction
Pipeline construction and inspections are another great use for a cofferdam, giving contractors the dry area they need for proper construction and repairs.
4) Sediment Control
Using silt barriers and flotation devices for sediment control are outdated. An inflatable cofferdam is faster and more efficient with its easy install and removal.
5) Shoreline Restoration
Our shorelines play a vital role in the ecological balance of our environment. A cofferdam is the perfect environmentally friendly solution to shoreline restoration.
6) Pool & Water Park Maintenance
A cofferdam is a perfect way to make pool or water park maintenance without having to close down entirely! The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam can restrict water to one side of the pool or swimming area while repairs are being made.
Cofferdams: For All Your Dewatering Needs
Cofferdams are portable dams that are perfect for a variety of dewatering needs. Their internal baffle makes them strong and reusable, saving you time, money, and manpower. Stop working extra hard with cumbersome sandbags and other outdated watering methods and switch to a more reliable and convenient method of dewatering with an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam.
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While the average person not immersed in the industry may not give it a second thought, we know that shorelines play a significant role in the ecological balance of the natural environment. Whether constructed by nature itself or engineered as in the case of a seawall or concrete barrier, erosion can occur, and the shoreline must be restored. Our environmentally friendly, temporary cofferdams will save you time and money on your next shoreline restoration project.
The Importance of Shoreline Restoration
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The Aqua Barrier® Temporary Cofferdam provides a cost-effective, environmentally friendly solution for protecting the shoreline during restoration projects. As you work to repair or rebuild the shoreline, the cofferdam works as a water barrier to sustain the natural environment and ecosystem. The cofferdam provides an efficient way to dewater the worksite and control sediment until the permanent shoreline is restored.