Soft Shoreline Engineering Case Studies
Detroit River Waterfront - Site #8
Windsor, Ontario (Between Lincoln and Langlois Ave)
Project Goals and Objectives: Restore 500 meters (1,640 feet) of shoreline using soft engineering techniques and enhance fish habitat
Project Description: The site is owned by the City of Windsor, and has a shoreline frontage of approximately 500 meters (1,640 feet). In 2000 and 2001, existing timber shorewall protection along this section of shoreline had reached the end of its service life, and the City of Windsor completed shoreline stabilization works at the site in association with upland improvements (Joan & Clifford Hatch Wildflower Gardens).
The shoreline stabilization work created an excellent opportunity to enhance fish habitat. Specifically, a sloping rock revetment with an undulating shoreline, augmented by intermittent rock benches, sloping rock beach, sheltering structures and submerged shoal features, as well as riparian plantings, were created.
Partners: City of Windsor, University of Windsor, Dean Construction, and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ecological Effectiveness: This work had a positive benefit on aquatic communities through reduction of wave reflected energy from softened shoreline (versus previously existing vertical walls), introduction of stable shoreline substrates and through an increase in overall shoreline length. Additional post-project monitoring is needed.
Restoration Contact: City of Windsor