Granger Plastics, a Rotational Molding leader, recently completed a 2 year study, finding its beach erosion solution is a viable alternative to costly and environmentally impacting beach dredging.
Online PR News – 01-July-2013 – Middletown, OH – Beaches play a big impact on federal, state and local economies. An overwhelming number of tourists all choose beaches or coastal destinations for their family trips and unwinding periods away from the office. Whether in North America or down under in Australia, all across the globe citizens and tourists of coastal beach communities have searched long and hard for beach erosion solutions. Dredging alternatives have been fought with resistance by lobbyist firms and corporate entities who benefit from the continual cycle of beach dredging. The unfortunate dredging cycle is a costly, never ending circle that not only impacts financial bottom lines, it also has an unsavory element of environmental impact as the dredging operations are typically very destructive to local eco-systems. Increasingly over the last few years, more communities, local governments and neighborhood associations are looking for cost effective methods that will provide a lasting solution, in comparison to the previously used dredging processes. Many experts, coastal engineers and other authoritative figures have agreed and concluded in many aspects, beach dredging actually encourages beach erosion rather than providing an amicable solution. The faster erosion, partnered with multi-million dollar price tags and the risk of detriment to the environment continue to be of concern to residents who have been victim to tireless and what seems to be never ending beach dredging proposals. For many residents, the proposed beach dredging projects just simply "wash their tax dollars out to sea".
The Sandsaver™, a natural solution to beach erosion and a dredging alternative has recently completed what was expected to be a 3 year beach renourishment study on the coast of Lake Michigan. Camp Arcadia, a non-profit resort in Arcadia, Michigan allowed the pilot installation of the Sandsaver beach erosion barriers to be installed in hopes that the units would protect the resorts beaches and aide in rebuilding their beach. While the state of Michigan issued permits on 11/20/09, the United States Army Corps of Engineers issued federal permits on 11/29/10. As stated in the report, “the extra 1 year to obtain the federal permit created a time crunch that forced removal of the Sandsaver™ units. The 3rd party report also states that the units showed “unambiguously positive results” while “in place during historically low water levels”.
The Sandsaver™ system also proved to offer some benefits that are not typically found in beach dredging alternatives. As stated in the report “Beach volume gains did not just occur behind the Sandsaver modules, as some had anticipated. Tangible gains in bottom elevation were witnessed as much as 50’ (feet) in front of the Sandsaver system into the lake. This benefit was also visited upon the beach immediately north of the installation. This portion of the beach gained 6.1 cy/foot, when standard expectations were it would lose profile if the Sandsaver system was successful at “grabbing” any sand. This result appears to show that, at the very least, the Sandsaver design does not generate adjacent negative impacts associated with shore-normal and impermeable structures.”
The Sandsaver is a patented product by The Granger Plastics Company of Middletown, Ohio. Granger is an internationally recognized Rotational Molding leader, who has worked for over 10 years to finally see a Sandsaver installation in the US. Now with the successful, positive results, Granger looks for opportunities to provide beach erosion solutions all over the world. For more information on the Sandsaver, or to download the Sandsaver Lake Michigan report, please visit www.sandsaver.com.