Since time began, nature’s shorelines, hillsides and waterways have been changing due to the natural forces of winds, waves, rains, currents, ice heaves and much more. This was a natural occurrence that was replenished in a natural manner by Mother Nature.
However, the ever growing population of the planet is producing an increasingly negative impact on the problems of vanishing vegetation and soil erosion. The abundance of native aquatic and upland plants that once thrived in our lakes, rivers, streams and coastal regions are being lost at an alarming rate. The native vegetation held the soil firmly in place and provided a natural buffering, filtering and retaining system.
The intensifying disappearance of nature’s own healthy vegetative shoreline buffering and filtration system is having dire consequences. The end result is the unrestricted flow of particulate matter and invasive chemicals such as nitrates and phosphates directly into our waterways.
Even nature’s own sediment and silt are flowing into waterways at a catastrophic rate. Studies estimate that the U.S. is losing soil at a rate that is ten times faster than the rate of natural replenishment. Moreover, this disturbing phenomenon is occurring across the entire globe.
This huge influx of invasive nutrients, sediment and silt into our waterways causes tremendous increases in algae growth. As the algae is decomposed by bacteria, the available oxygen is depleted. When bodies of water are starved of oxygen, native fish and other aquatic life abandon the area –if they are able. Aquatic life that do not or cannot leave the area (e.g. bottom dwellers such as worms, clams and many others) are in fact, doomed to perish. This leads to unhealthy bodies of water that become devoid of the original naturally occurring aquatic ecosystem. This unnatural injury to our waterways also harms and even destroys native plants, waterfowl, birds and more.
Soil erosion severely affects owners of recreational resorts, public beaches, golf courses, farms, commercial developments and residential communities that border waterways. It greatly diminishes the quality of popular recreational activities such a hunting, fishing and even swimming. It also reduces the amount of arable land and resulting food crops that are lost to soil erosion.
These land stewards are in constant danger of losing land as it erodes into the waterways. They also incur loss of business as the quality of lakes, rivers and streams worsen. They face declining property values and loss of money while feverishly attempting to halt soil erosion.
Across the country, enormous capital investments are continuously depleted in the attempt to halt soil erosion and stabilize shorelines and hillsides.
The direct economic impact as measured by the USDA in 2002 was estimated at tens of billions of dollars. That economic impact today, in 2015, has without a doubt, escalated tremendously.
Most commonly used soil erosion control methods are simply not effective. These techniques often make the conditions worse over time. They fail due to the fact that they work against the fundamental principles of physics and nature.
Devices such as Curlex Bloc®, Coir Logs, Geotextile Socks, Stone Rip Rap and Stone Gabion are primarily attached or imbedded into the waterway bed itself - not to the shore bank. This makes them unable to resist winds, waves, currents, ice heaves and other natural forces. The gap or space between these barriers and the shore bank continues to be eroded by water and eventually, they simply degrade into the waterway.
Most of these techniques do very little to support regrowth of new vegetation and are virtually useless at filtering and buffering runoff from the shore bank.
Many are also dangerous to the ingress, egress and habitats of aquatic animals. The above ground staking systems that are often used can also be perilous to humans.
These commonly used soil erosion control products are often extremely heavy resulting in expensive shipping costs and large intrusive equipment to install. Large heavy equipment means destructive collateral damage to areas surrounding the installation site.
Some of these devices are not even naturally degradable. In effect, use of these common approaches to solve our environmental problems, actually cause more environmental problems.
As human inhabitants of this planet, we are the stewards of these sensitive eco-systems. It is our obligation to protect and preserve them for each other and for our future generations.
We at SHORESOX™ have a passion to protect and preserve the planet.
That is why we have developed the most eco-friendly, most effective and most affordable erosion control system on the planet.
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