EcoSystems can be utilized as a “Living Wave Barrier” to protect shoreline erosion. Before EcoSystems shoreline protection was only made possible with hard armoring bulkheads or rip-rap. There are other types of wave attenuators that have been tested however have failed for two reasons. One is that they sink into the ocean floor and the other is they stop the natural ebb and flow of tides and currents.
Walter Marine’s EcoSystems are in use at the historic Deadman’s Island, Gulf Breeze, FL., East Port Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD, and Yellow River Aquatic Preserve in Milton, FL. The EcoSystem units are green solutions to shoreline erosion. Their complex design destroys wave energy while allowing water to flow freely through. They have exceeded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements for permeable flushing while providing habitat for marine life. The piling mount supports the unit and prevents sinking, turning over, and moving during hurricane force winds and waves.