Environmental Assessments and Coastal Restoration

Restoration

Our unique approach to shoreline stabilization facilitates habitat restoration in an eco-friendly way. Our expert team of scientists and engineers provides consulting and project management on a variety of issues, including:

  • Environmental and regulatory permitting
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Marine environmental surveys
  • Site investigations
  • Comprehensive coastal engineering and numerical modeling.

Marine Resource Surveys

A full survey of all marine life must be undertaken prior to beginning any beach renourishment project. These surveys are conducted throughout the project to ensure that all impacts to the coastal ecosystem are carefully monitored. The Hydros Coastal Solutions team of biologists has performed these surveys all over the world. Our scientific expertise, coupled with our extensive experience in regulatory and environmental permitting allows our firm to take all projects from concept to completion in the most efficient way possible.

Dune Vegetation Surveys

Just as with marine resources, a full survey of all dune vegetation must be undertaken prior to and during any coastal restoration project. The Hydros Coastal Solutions team of botanists and biologists has carefully catalogued dune vegetation at locations throughout the world.

Beach Profiles

Beach Profile Surveys are used to measure changes in the slope and overall volume of sand on a beach. A series of beach profiles can be merged into a map, and a topographic (contour) map of the beach can be constructed. Approximate volumes of sand moved by storm events or by beach maintenance crews can be calculated using advanced techniques.

Beach Profile Graphic

 

Comprehensive Coastal Engineering

Hydros Coastal Solutions, Inc. provides clients with the state of the art technology and coastal engineering:

  • Dynamic wave modeling
  • Dispersion analysis
  • 3D mapping
  • Hydrographic/bathymetric surveying
  • Healthy Beaches
Coastal Engineering Graphic

Satellite Imagery and Remote Sensing

Using satellite and optical remote sensing data collected by our collaborators at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Miami, highly accurate, detailed maps of water turbidity and reliable quantified data on the concentration of suspended matter in water can be generated. This dual approach also allows for spatial distributions to be determined as well as calculations to determine the potential for sea-floor sediments to return into suspension.

Heathy Beaches

A Healthy beach supports a variety of wildlife, plants, and insects. All living organisms require fresh water to live. ShoreLock™ promotes the accumulation of fresh water within the coastal ecosystem and therefore promotes a thriving benthic community and allows the natural habitat to flourish.

Hydros Coastal Solutions, Inc. has identified unhealthy sand as a major cause of beach erosion. Sand grains with hydrophobic properties don’t bind well with each other, and can be easily washed away during storm events.

Because interstitial water is a primary factor in sand cohesiveness, the restoration of the sand’s natural surface properties promotes a healthy beach environment and the subsequent formation of a healthy beach.

The photo to the left is a fluorescent microscopy image from a recent article published in the Journal Nature Materials (Kudrolli, 2008).

Kudrolli, A. 2008. Sticky Sand. Nature Materials. pp. 174-175.

This image identifies for the first time the specific physical interactions between silica beads in an aqueous solution and also characterizes the molecular interactions between individual sand particles under ideal conditions.

Shorelock LogoShoreLock™ is a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients that are considered by the FDA as “GRAS” (Generally Regarded as Safe). Prior to application, its powdered form is mixed onsite with seawater in order to properly match the chemical composition of the local ecosystem. ShoreLock™ restores the natural surface properties of sand so that these properties can be reestablished and individual sand particles can begin to interact and accrete on an existing shoreline.

Shorelock Application Outline>

See a non-intrusive method of ShoreLock™ application below: