Developing property along riverbanks, lakeshores and other convergences of land and water almost invariably yields highly appealing properties that are sure to garner an exceptional price and create a high standard of living for those people who eventually end up there. Even civil engineering projects that incorporate a land/water convergence have their perks, making engineering and development initiatives like these highly sought after and widely popular all around the United States.
But, like any specialized engineering plan—whether commercial, residential or municipal—developing along riverbanks comes with a plethora of challenges that can make it more difficult than anticipated, both in the immediate and in the future. One such challenge that has to always be taken into account in development projects such as these is the factor of erosion and what effects it will have on current and future development plans.
Erosion is constantly occurring where water meets land, regardless of the type of body of water. Because water is constantly in motion and is subject to changes from precipitation and other such contributing factors, the result is an ebb and flow that quietly and slowly degrades land masses that are in contact with it. Before any development of the land can take place, it must be secured and stabilized against further erosion, so that the development isn’t compromised in the future.
While there are a variety of ways to create stability on riverbanks and other areas subject to constant water erosion, none is more effective and sustainable than cable concrete mats. Cable concrete mats serve to create a foundation that prevents ongoing erosion, repairs existing erosion and does it all while maintaining an extremely cost effective price point that has tremendous return on investment.
It works like this: riverbank development areas are defined and mapped accordingly, to help developers realize the risk of current and ongoing erosive properties. Once the scope of erosion has been realized in relation to the impending development, the riverbank can then be graded and prepped for a cable concrete mat installation. The cable concrete mats are laid in place and settled into the riverbank, creating a foundation that is resistant to the heavy erosion that might otherwise degrade unprotected soil. From there, the cable concrete can be left as is, remaining both aesthetic and effective, or it can be filled with clean fill, soil or other textured fill to hide the concrete itself.
Regardless of what the finished product looks like, having cable concrete mats in place to prevent the erosion of riverbanks and other land and water convergences will ensure the total stability of any further development of the land itself, be it residential, commercial or municipal in nature. Rather than having to take more invasive or tedious action to ensure the stability of land before it’s developed, make cable concrete mats a first option and you’ll quickly see why these exceptional products are being used heavily throughout the United States as a way to secure waterfront property for development like never before.