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When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

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. Does your next construction project require dewatering solutions? If so, you may need to consider shoreline restoration. Click To Tweet

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:

  1. Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
  2. Sediment Control
  3. Bridge and Dam Projects
  4. Pipeline Construction
  5. Ecosystem Restoration

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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Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

The Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dams are the most effective, cost-saving, and efficient dewatering solution on the market today. Cofferdams are reusable, reliable, and environmentally friendly. If your company is looking to make dewatering easier and wants to get away from time-consuming sandbags and other dewatering methods, an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam is the perfect solution.You might be wondering if you should you rent or purchase a cofferdam. Here are 3 helpful tips to help you decide which is best for your business. Click To Tweet

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
  2. Frequent Flooding
  3. Construction Purposes

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.

Contact Us to learn more about whether renting or purchasing a cofferdam is the best option for your company.

The Top 6 Uses For a Cofferdam

The Top 6 Uses For a Cofferdam

A cofferdam is an essential tool for any project that requires dewatering. With so many advantages to this versatile tool, there’s no reason not to give it a try on your next project. If you need to keep a job site dry, a cofferdam is your best option. Providing a portable dam is more effective, environmentally friendly, and less time-consuming than sandbags or other methods. Click To Tweet

Top Uses for a Cofferdam

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.

To learn more about the top uses for a cofferdam, Contact Us.

Temporary Cofferdams Will Change the Way You View a Shoreline Restoration Project

Temporary Cofferdams Will Change the Way You View a Shoreline Restoration Project

830432While 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

  • Shorelines trар ѕеdіmеntѕ frоm uрlаnd run-оff.
  • Thеу reduce ѕеdіmеntѕ frоm еntеrіng thе wаtеr, whісh prevents оvеr fеrtіlіzаtіоn thаt саn lead to mаѕѕіvе wееd growth аnd аlgае blооmѕ. Shоrеlіnе рlаntѕ rесусlе nutrіеntѕ bеfоrе they аrе аblе tо rеасh the wаtеr.
  • A wеll planted ѕhоrеlіnе hеlрѕ aquаtіс аnіmаlѕ ѕuѕtаіn lіfе аnd thе рlаntѕ рrоtесt the ѕhаllоw wаtеr from wаrmіng. Thіѕ mаkеѕ a gооd hаbіtаt fоr mіnnоwѕ tо lіvе within thе еmеrgеnt рlаntѕ. Thе mіnnоwѕ аttrасt lаrgеr fіѕh аnd this рrоvіdеѕ bеttеr ѕhоrеlіnе fіѕhіng. Overall, shorelines рrеѕеrvе thе ecological bаlаnсе оf thе lake аnd рlауѕ аn еѕѕеntіаl rоlе іn thе bеаutу оf thе lаndѕсаре
  • Thе shoreline асtѕ аѕ аn іmроrtаnt buffеr zоnе frоm tеrrеѕtrіаl tо аԛuаtіс есоѕуѕtеmѕ. A wеll рlаntеd ѕhоrеlіnе hеlрѕ рrеvеnt роllutіоn frоm ѕtоrm wаtеr run-оff аnd lаwn fеrtіlіzеrѕ frоm entering thе lake ѕуѕtеm. Thіѕ аllоwѕ fоr bеttеr wаtеr ԛuаlіtу аnd lеѕѕ аlgае blооmѕ.
  • Thе ѕhоrеlіnе аlѕо рrоvіdеѕ рrоtесtіоn frоm erosion. In аddіtіоn thе ѕhоrеlіnе рrоvіdеѕ рrіvасу аnd a ѕtunnіng vіеw оf thе lаkе.

Aqua Barrier® fоr Sеdіmеnt Cоntrоl and Shоrеlіnе Rеѕtоrаtіоn.

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.

Why Choose Aqua Barrier®?

The Aqua Barrier® system has been used all over the world for various projects including shoreline restoration, pipeline construction, bridge construction, pool maintenance, boat ramp installation and more. It is quick and easy to install compared to other methods such as sandbags, safe for the environment, and reusable. Save time and money on your next shoreline restoration project with the Aqua Barrier® temporary cofferdam.

Contact us to tell us more about your project and learn more about how the system works.  

How Cofferdams Protect Coasts and Shorelines

How Cofferdams Protect Coasts and Shorelines

Whenever the destructive storms strike coastal regions of the United States, not only are houses and businesses destroyed but there is always damage to the shorelines as well. Shoreline erosion happens every year. Throughout severe weather and tropical storms, the losses are higher. Entire areas of shorefront may vanish. With the expectation of more brutal storms along with the projection of ascending sea levels worldwide, shoreline protection turns critical. Naturally this calls for Temporary and permanent methods to save beachfront properties, homes and businesses.

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Cofferdams and Shoreline Restoration

Shoreline protection or shoreline restoration projects tap into various methods, from developing permanent structures to dewatering areas so maintenance or construction occurs. A range of products as well as methods can fulfill these kinds of requirements. These products are typically temporary structures or long-term.

As a temporary structure, a cofferdam is built to keep water and/or soil away from the excavation wherein a structure is built. Such structures may be bridges or piers among other things used for Shoreline protection or shoreline restoration. Whenever construction takes place below the water level, a cofferdam is constructed to provide workers a dry work environment.

The term “cofferdam” originates from “coffer” which means box, put simply a dam shaped like a box.

Inflatable dams

Inflatable dams are cylinder-shaped rubber material positioned across channels, streams or dam crests to elevate the upstream water level whenever inflated. A covering of stainless steel mesh or ceramic chips may be inlayed in the exterior layer to reduce or protect against vandal deterioration.
They are utilized to route water for irrigation, temporarily raising active dams, flood control, and safeguard low-lying coastal sections from tidal flooding, and for sewage retention/separation throughout flood situations. Inflatable dams may be filled with water, air or both.

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Aqua barrier

An aqua barrier is water inflated barrier. Being both portable and reusable, these temp dams are another popular method during construction. This product is designed to be a portable dam that is perfect for a multitude of different dewatering projects that you may be working on and is a more effective  and environmentally safe alternative to sandbags.

Contact Us today for more information on the benefits of using an Aqua Barrier Cofferdam for your shoreline restorations and dewatering needs.