Coastal Erosion Control Specialists

Coastal property owners understand the power of wave energy. One moment everything is calm. The next, a storm surge and high tide can send property tumbling into the sea. But, coastal erosion is not always dramatic. Erosion can remove tons of shoreline gradually – leaving you wondering how did that happen? 

Protect Your Property Value

Trust the team that has helped hundreds of Maine coastline property owners with environmentally sound and long lasting revetments, living shorelines and rebuilt seawalls. Linkel Environmental Construction does it right so you won’t have to address it again.  We’ve created a few diagrams to explain the different shoreline solutions we construct. See below.

Erosion Control Tactics

Revetments

We’ve built many revetments over our 30 years. Revetments are designed to absorb wave energy and dissipate their power within the revetment. This prevents wave energy from being forced to other properties causing more erosion issues. Properly designed revetments are tapered to avoid scouring under the sides which weaken the revetment and make your investment worthless in a matter time.

Living Shoreline

This natural infrastructure is a cost-effective method for managing coastal erosion. It uses natural materials to stabilize the property owner’s shoreline. Since it’s made of plants, sand and rock it encourages growth over time. 

A site assessment will determine if a living shoreline is the right solution for you. We’ll want to evaluate wave energy; direction of wind and waves; elevation and bank erosion rate; existing vegetation and soil type.

Seawalls

If you have an existing seawall that needs repair or replacement we can help. You can’t build seawalls anymore unless they are “grandfathered” seawalls. A seawall’s purpose is to hold soil in place where storm surges and wave forces can do great damage. Seawalls are built parallel to the coastline. Generally they’re vertical or slightly sloped and made of a hard surface to deflect wave energy. Construction of the toe of the seawall is critical in managing erosion and future damage to the seawall’s structure.

Permitting Process – Certified by Maine Department of Environmental Protection

We’ve helped hundreds of our customers obtain the correct permits for shoreline construction work. We know the ins and outs of the permitting process and understand the large amount of preparation prior to the filing. 

We are Maine DEP Certified.  The purpose of certification is to ensure that all construction sites are supervised by someone certified in the best practices of erosion and sediment control.

Because we are DEP certified we have the ability to conduct soil disturbance work and/or qualify as the responsible person on-site for installation and maintenance of erosion and sedimentation controls under Maine Shoreland Zoning Law. We also qualify to submit erosion and sedimentation control plans under Stormwater Permit By Rule.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection certification process is an important one. Be sure you use a DEP Certified Contractor. It’ll make your life easier.