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Beach Erosion Work

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by merrimacmill, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    Well I got a last minute job doing some beach erosion work. The local beach around here is having some major erosion problems, the dunes have been loosing more and more sand, bringing the houses closer to the edge each day even. One house actually fell down off the dune, onto the beach, and was lost.

    What we've been doing is wrapping hay bales in snow fence, then bringing them down onto the beach, and then placing them in a trench that was dug in front of the dune. The idea of this is to help control washout each time the waves go out after breaking.

    Its a pretty interesting project, and something not many people are doing so I thought I'd post some pictures. It ended up being a lot larger of a job than we planned, I thought we were doing 20 or so hay bales, we ended up doing over 100.




  2. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    Heres a few more...




  3. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    nice way to work the tractors in the off season!
  4. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Good thinking,but wouldn't adding another row in front in a staggering pattern do even a more thorough job?
  5. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    interesting project!
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    What size Link Belt is that? My uncle has 2700, it's a good machine.
  7. Jello1

    Jello1 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Cool project. I assume you gotta deal with the local EPA over environental issues with working in relation to the water.That must be a big headache.
  8. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    Whose idea was it to use bales wrapped in snow fence? I haven't seen anything like that before.
  9. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    can you explain WTF those are going to do? Water and moisture + hay bales= no hay in a year......... nice fence though.

    I dont get what they do down in the ground? maybe stacked up against that slope to act as a make shift retaining wall and wind barrier but buried?

    How about they bring in a few thousand yards of dirt and spread it on that hill side and get some established hardy grasses and sedges growing, that is a long term solution. Or cover the hill in rip rap.
  10. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    You really think the DEP would allow spreading a few thousand yards of dirt on the SAND dunes of a protected barrier island? Your crazy, or probably just not from anywhere near an ocean or beaches... You know nothing about this particular situation at all, so hold off on your ignorant comments until you've lived here and seen the problem first hand for years. And dirt washes away just as easy as sand will.

    And they did dredge the river and brought in something like 120,000 cubic yards of sand from that and most of its gone in a few months. Then recently they brought in 2,500 cubic yards of sand and put it in front of only a few houses, it was gone in one good rain/wind storm. This is more a temporary solution to get them through the winter.

    And to answer your question, it will help to prevent washout of the sand from the dune with the out going waves. The snow fence helps hold the bales together better than they would if it was just the hay.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010
  11. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    A local resident of the beach presented the idea. He has done it on a separate part of the beach and it worked out great so far from what I understand. Apparently its been installed since June. Also, I was told that this method has been used quite a bit in Australia.
  12. jbutch83

    jbutch83 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    Growing up in Daytona Beach, they used to take Christmas trees after the holidays and put them staked up some way on the beach. They would help catch the blowing sand and helped with the erosion. Not sure how well it worked, I haven't lived there in over 20 years but I do remember them doing that as a kid.
  13. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Interesting project Collin, They made break walls out of huge pieces of concrete for our beaches and sunk them about 40 yards off the beaches every 20-30 yards apart. I think it worked to some degree but I also think it caused the e-coli bacteria to increase,lol.
  14. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Broken up cement works too but looks ugly! But not as ugly as a sea wall. But in any case good job. Did you manage to get anything stuck? It was probably pretty cold having that wind blow right off the ocean!
    Keep up the good work!
  15. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Neat project! Better clean those tractors REAL good when your done, i'm sure that salty air isn't good for any part of them!
  16. hammerstein

    hammerstein Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Another reason to always have a fishing pole with you. Looked like fun.
  17. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Well he is right on the coast so his stuff probably does rust pretty fast :nod:
  18. SDP Hauling

    SDP Hauling Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    neat project
  19. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    In 36 years in the excavating biz,I can tell you that IMO,there is NOTHING better than hay for short term erosion control if used correctly.It will last much longer than 1 yr.as you pointed out and in this application,those round bales need to be in the ground.The power of the ocean would have hay floating everywhere if they weren't buried.
  20. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    nice work! would be a cool job to do, i think!