Lake Erie Shoreline
Erosion Revetment Project

Working with Nature --
the smartest thing to do

Summer, 2020

Revision date: 9/4/2020

I am now living in Pam's wonderful house
featuring the tall center windows facing Lake Erie.
This view shows the serious erosion of our three adjacent properties.
The large collection of concrete rubble will be recycled.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Serious erosion of Ken & Lucy's property to the east

This is the erosion of Greg & Judi's property to the west.
The sluffing green section of turf is my land.

Tom and Pam's property at the west end of the project

This is the kind of high-wind storm, coupled with
the record high water levels of Lake Erie, that contributes to
continuing shoreline erosion

May 9, 2020

I was so relieved when the work barge arrived

June 9, 2020

An excavator is unloaded onshore

View from inside the house the evening before the project begins.
The yard will never be the same -- it is greatly improved

Barge arrives with crushed concrete as the base for armor stone

Crushed recycled concrete is unloaded from the barge
and strategically placed on shore

The on-shore excavator dredges for concrete
that has been dumped on the shoreline over the past 60 years
which eventually eroded into the water

It was surprising how much concrete debris can be recovered from the lake.
Home construction in this area dates to the 1950's

Two machines working in tandem

Nauti and Parker aren't sure about this new toy in their yard

The eroded section of Ken & Lucy's property is filled
with the recycled concrete and stone

Once the crushed concrete is distributed,
the larger armor stone arrives by barge

The excavator on the barge checks for underwater obstructions
as they move in closer to unload

Large concrete jetties, now underwater (due to record high water levels)
are discovered and recycled

Concrete walls and jetties from the 1960's
are recovered from the lake and recycled

New three-to-five ton quarried armor stone
is carefully fitted along the shoreline
to serve as the new erosion revetment

Crushed concrete and armor stone is being fitted into place.
Three properties to go, moving west

This large amount of concrete rubble
has been recovered from the water

Mike Huffman carefully fits the armor stone along the shore.
When viewed from east to west, the width and height
above the water level appears uniform.
The next step is a topping of splash stone

Note the use of geotextile fabric to prevent further soil erosion

The straight line of the revetment stone
across five properties is impressive

The Bauers and Logsdon are sharing steps down to the water.
The concrete slab steps have been placed but not yet positioned

We continued to be amazed by the large amount of rubble
that is recycled from the lake

This rough grading gives us a sense of the finished grade

Work continues moving west
to include Tom and Pam's property

An unusual amount of submerged debris
is encountered as the project continues

The first storm gives us a sense
of our new protection from erosion

The placing of armor stone is complete.
Splash stone will top the armor stone
and be placed in the cavity behind

The placement of the concrete slab steps
down to the water level is finalized

The smaller "splash stone" arrives

Placing the "splash stone" on top of the armor stone.
Note the uniform width of the armor stone and splash stone
across all of the properties.

Final profile grading begins

Demolition of the neighbor's boathouse

The new armor stone erosion revetment
is nearing completion at Tom and Pam's western line

Parker overlooking her new territory

For Comparison

From this shoreline... this shoreline
Huffman Rental and Contracting use a laser beam
to establish the exact elevation of the top of each stone

Nauti and Parker really enjoy inspecting the project from the water
Nauti enjoys getting her ears up in the wind

Parker enjoys the new activity on her shoreline

Mike's house

This view gives a sense of the enormity of this
erosion control revetment across five properties

Steps down to the Water

We used recycled concrete slabs for steps down to the water

Will, you asked "how clear is Lake Erie?" This picture gives a hint.
You can see the armor stone under water at the base of the steps.

Landscape Restoration

All products supplied by Chagrin Pet & Garden:

Greenview starter fertilizer
Premium seed
Curlex R-1 landscape matting

The aspen wood fibers biodegrade within 90 days;
the netting degrades within 180 days

Most of the property owners have recovered about 40 feet of land.
Now it's time for landscaping.

Ken and Mike took on the reseeding of our properties.
This was a day of very hard work to get seed,
fertilizer and erosion control matting in place as a storm moved in

July 10, 2020

Watch the grass grow - 7200 SF: Day Zero

July 10, 2020

Watch the grass grow: Day 7

July 17, 2020

Watch the grass grow: Day 10

July 20, 2020

Watch the grass grow: Week 2

July 24, 2020

Day 18

Week 3: Aspen wood matting has almost disappeared

August 1, 2020

Heavy overnight rain changed the appearance
7200 SF

August 3, 2020

Week 4

Friday August 7, 2020

View from the water

Saturday August 9, 2020

Week 5

August 15, 2020

Week 6

August 21, 2020

Week 7

August 30, 2020

8 weeks: September 4, 2020

9 weeks: September 12, 2020

10 weeks: September 18, 2020

Twelve weeks

October 1, 2020

This picture gives me great satisfaction, knowing that we could develop
a quality lawn without hiring "professional" landscapers.
It is the final mowing of the season - 240 feet across. Looks good!

November 19, 2020

The new shoreline provides new territory where the Airedales
can play and explore.
Parker wants crawl out on the new armor stone.

November 28, 2020

Nauti (14 years)

Parker (8 years)

(for Logsdon property)

Selection of Engineer
Onsite Engineering
State and Federal Permits
Bidding and Selection of Contractor
Restoration of Landscaping

Engineering: KS Associates (June - September, 2019)
Special Improvement District meeting July 11, 2019
Neighborhood meeting: July 14, 2019

[We did not use the SID government program. In reality, it provided
no "improvement", additional expense, and intolerable delays]

Onsite and marine engineering survey: August 26, 2019
Ohio ODNR Temporary Shore Structure Permit (10/1/19)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit (10/4/19)
Three contractors received invitations to bid
Contract finalized: November, 2019
Contractor: Huffman Equipment Rental and Contracting
Work period: June 9 - July 1, 2020
Landscape work by Ken and Mike (fertilizer, seed, matting) - July 10, 2020
Landscaping products supplied by Chagrin Pet & Garden

Seed - Initial Planting

24.5% Award Kentucky Bluegrass
24.5% Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass
24.5% Everest Kentucky Bluegrass
12.25% Amazing XL Perennial Ryegrass
12.25% Fastball RGL Perennial Ryegrass

Seed - Overseed

19.6% Bullseye Tall Fescue
19.6% Raptor III Tall Fescue
19.6% Cochise IV Tall Fescue
19.6% Titanium 2LS Tall Fescue
19.6% Inferno Tall Fescue