Coastal Erosion Protection
Several government agencies and property owner associations have approached the company for an effective, environmentally sound solution to protecting beaches from erosion and private property from shoreline and coastal erosion problems. The company offers the patented WhisprWave® floating breakwater. The WhisprWave® is designed to moderate and delay the loss of sand from beaches in the dry beach and surf zone.
Traditional breakwaters, seawalls and jetties have failed primarily because they reflect or direct wave energy in destructive ways or concentrate it in local hot spots. Erosion problems and the scouring effects of the misdirected energy lead to the loss of beach / coastline and undermine the structures that were meant to be protected.
In addition, other fixed structures such as groins lead to the loss of natural flows in down-drift beaches by interrupting the littoral flows of sand and generally create a surplus condition on the up-drift side and a starvation condition on the down-drift beaches.
The WhisprWave® is designed to remedy the limitations of traditional breakwaters, seawalls and jetties. The WhisprWave® can be set in any depth of water, but is particularly effective at 20foot depths and less, believed to encompass most in-shore erosion problems. Unlike other systems, it has complete portability and does not require major construction to move it. This flexibility greatly enhances its usefulness at sites that are subject to possible changes in needs and requirements.
Finally, the WhisprWave® has usefulness beyond beach erosion protection and erosion control. It has applications, which would complement other wave attenuating devices such as the Rapidly Installed Breakwater (RIB), which is under development by the Army Corp of Engineers for use in military operations. In addition it would logically be considered for inlets and marine anchorages to protect surface craft from the effects of wave energy, boat wakes, and other natural and man-made disturbances; especially in confined or high risk areas.