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Maine Coastal Protection employs a variety of techniques to protect vulnerable shorelines from erosion due to storm damage, wave action, overland runoff, receding banks and loss of vegetation. 

Hard Engineered

We build and repair seawalls and revetments. These ‘hard engineered’ structures help to protect shorelines against waves, rising tides and storm damage.

Maine Coastal Protection

Seawall

Maine Coastal Protection

Seawall

Maine Coastal Protection

Seawall

Soft Engineered

Soft engineering, also called bioengineering, is an environmentally sensitive technique employed to help stabilize eroding shorelines and slumping banks. We use natural, biodegradable erosion control materials such as geotextile fabrics and coir logs in combination with native plants. These products stabilize the ground surface while the plants' root system becomes established.

Coir Log stabilize the toe of the slope

Coir Log stabilize the toe of the slope

Geotextile fabric stabilizes the bank

Geotextile fabric stabilizes the bank

 Native Vegetation and Invasive Plant Removal

Shallow-rooted, invasive plants undermine slope stability as they displace native vegetation. Native plants, with extensive root systems, help to stabilize slopes and reduce erosion. Below are a few of the native plants we use.

Bayberry

Bayberry

Rosa Rugosa

Rosa Rugosa

Panicum

Panicum

Combination of Techniques

The slide shows below illustrate our process and a variety of techniques we employ. Coir logs help to reduce the loss of vegetation in the tidal zone; a revetment stabilizes the toe and the lower bank; and native plants and biodegradable fabric help to stabilize the upper bank until the vegetation takes hold.

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