Their accelerated erosion increases pollution, sand build-up and even the proliferation of invasive plant species. Through shoreline stabilization, it is possible to limit such damage and restore the essential services provided by buffer strips:
- purifying water for consumption and swimming;
- protecting land, crops and homes from water and wind;
- mitigating the impact of flooding;
- restoring biodiversity;
- helping control the spread of invasive plant species
How is it made?
Shoreline stabilization works are generally structures built of branches of living plants in combination with rocks, piles, mesh, etc. The vegetation’s tangle of roots aids in soil retention and mitigates pollution through the action of the associated microorganisms.
Simple shoreline renaturalization techniques (like planting vegetation) do not require any special expertise. However, carrying out a plant-based stabilization project requires an in-depth study of the land and a good knowledge of existing methods.