1. Is ShoreLock™ Technology an alternative to traditional beach armoring techniques such as seawalls, groynes and offshore breakwaters ?
Yes and No. Shorelock™ can be used to complement a restoration project involving structures, applied prior to a final decision to build a structure as a final solution, or as a remediating technique on its own.
2. Is the ShoreLock™ process purely chemical, physical, or both?
The general process is purely chemical. ShoreLock™ works by promoting an interaction between sand and water molecules. The result is a beach that retains a microscopic layer of fresh water so that better cohesiveness is maintained. ShoreLock™ is applied directly to an existing beach. The beach will “grow” over time through a natural accretion of sand. However, there are some instances where it is practical to import sand and pre-treat that sand with ShoreLock™. For this type of application, ShoreLock™ is specifically formulated to blend with the imported sand in order to ensure maximum performance and interactions between the native and imported sand.
3. Is it possible to use ShoreLock™ on urban beaches?
It is safe to use ShoreLock™ on ANY beach, and in any environment. ShoreLock™ is made of all GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) components, and offers no danger or harmful effects to people, or the environment.
4. Is ShoreLock™ harmful to the environmental, marine life, or/and human health?
ShoreLock™, and its effect on the environment has been extensively studied. Because our approach is novel and proprietary, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that all data collection has been in compliance with all US regulations for applications in a coastal environment. For more information, please visit our Literature page to view the ShoreLock™ MSDS and the Cytotoxicity, and Acute Marine Toxicity Reports.
5. Is ShoreLock™ harmful to nesting sea turtles?
No. See the photo of photo of baby loggerhead turtles, which we are very proud of, that was taken on a beach we completely restored at the 5-Star Grand Palladium Resort in Jamaica. When this beach was handed to us, it consisted entirely of construction debris and sand composed of grainy, dry, crushed limestone brought in by trucks. In just a few months after commencing with our restoration that included ShoreLock™ Technology, the beach was covered with soft, moist, naturally accreted marine sand. This is the first turtle nest ever documented on this shoreline, which definitely symbolizes a testament to our positive environmental impact!
6. Does ShoreLock™ affect sand compaction?
7. Has ShoreLock™ ever caused negative environmental impacts?
8. Can all types of beach sand be treated with ShoreLock™?
9. Is it necessary to survey a beach prior to applications?
Yes. Topographical, historical, marine resources, dune vegetation resources, coastal currents, and wind data, are all surveyed and analyzed throughout every project.
10. What is the detailed description of the process?
Prior to any project, our team of scientists and coastal engineers conduct all necessary baseline surveys in accordance with requirements of local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. The data is then analyzed and the necessary amount of ShoreLock™ is custom-manufactured to account for subtle differences in sand composition as well as water chemistry in order to maximize performance.
- During the application process, ShoreLock™ (in powdered form) is mixed with water onsite, and then distributed throughout the beach by means of covered trenches, directional boring equipment, or direct push machinery. The wave action and tidal fluctuation mixes the product with the sand. Applications are typically spread 30-45 days apart and spaced over a 4-5 month period, depending on the environment and desired results.
- Topographical data, marine resources, and sand and water chemistry are monitored throughout the entire process until project completion.
11. Does a beach need to be closed for application of ShoreLock™?
Usually not. Because there is very little disturbance to the beach, ShoreLock™ can be applied after regular hours, or small portions of the beach can be closed down for short intervals at a time.
12. Is it safe for people to use the beach when ShoreLock™ has been applied to it?
Yes. It is completely safe for people and animals to be on the beach, even immediately after an application.
13. Is there a time of year more suitable for ShoreLock™ treatment?
Yes, ideally summer months offer more favorable conditions and more available sand for capturing from the water. Traditionally, winter storms erode coastlines and natural accretion takes place during the summer months.
Hurricane season, which runs from June to November, may seem like an exception to this rule; however, if ShoreLock™ is initiated prior to a hurricane, our treated beaches have been able to withstand even a Category IV strength storm with minimal sand loss (see project details for Rocky Point Beach, Middle Caicos)
14. Is there a maintenance plan for ShoreLock™?
One of the major benefits of our technology is the sustainability of the results. ShoreLock™ technology reverts the beach to a natural, healthy state and the results are easily maintained with reasonably-priced maintenance packages.