Chesapeake Bay Field Modeling and Monitoring Projects

by Wesley E. Coleman, Jr., USAE Baltimore District, Baltimore, United States,
Edward T. Fulford, USAE Baltimore District, Baltimore, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Sediments


'Traditional' erosion control measures often do not meet the Corps of Engineers' requirement for economic justification. The costs of these measures are much greater than the benefits provided. It was intended that the Chesapeake Bay Shoreline Erosion Study would provide information for designing low-cost, innovative measures more cost-effectively and encourage implementation of these measures in the interest of Bay-wide improvement. To meet this goal, a program was conducted to install innovative erosion control measures and monitor their performance, including their environmental impacts. Design and installation of measures were completed in eight to twelve months. The monitoring effort included 20 months of data.

Subject Headings: Bays | Innovation | Field tests | Erosion | Economic factors | Benefit cost ratios | Environmental issues | Coastal management

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