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During the past 20 years, Safe Harbor has been developing innovative solutions to Environmental Problems. The core of these solutions focus on using various form natural energy, already present in our natural resource systems. Such as, the storm powered biomimicry sand collection system shown above and steep slope stabilization. We also offer all levels of environmental consulting and permitting.

 

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Safe Harbor's Core Values are reflected in our commitment to Education and Advocacy. The innovative coastal restoration systems developed by Safe Harbor have been made public domain. Safe Harbor believes that green infrastructure may provide a more sustainable link to coastal resiliency. We share our research and educational materials through our e-newsletter OCEAN

Hybrid,  COASTAL Erosion Management System

 

  It seems a simple solution to use “ballasted Coir” (with limited stone ballast).  I would like to experiment with this innovative ballasted Coir, as a hybrid system, buried beneath our “Living Shoreline”.  I believe this hybrid system could provide additional time delay, protecting property from continuing, possibly catastrophic damages. The Coir would also be anchored but ballast would prevent loss during exceptional storms.

It seems a simple solution to use “ballasted Coir” (with limited stone ballast). I would like to experiment with this innovative ballasted Coir, as a hybrid system, buried beneath our “Living Shoreline”. I believe this hybrid system could provide additional time delay, protecting property from continuing, possibly catastrophic damages. The Coir would also be anchored but ballast would prevent loss during exceptional storms.

HYBRID, STEEP ROADWAY STORM WATER MANAGEMENT:


  “Step Swales”, an innovative, gravity driven, hybrid system that utilizes “Smart Growth” strategies of managing storm water close to the source and combines “Country Road” design strategies with a new idea. “Step Swales” were developed by Safe Harbor Environmental about ten years ago, in collaboration with Aline Architects in Orleans, MA. Country roads use slightly raised crowns along the center, dividing and directing sheet flow to swales on each side. Continuous swales running parallel to roadways create unnecessary flow volumes. If swales are broken into sections, with their upslope end lower than their down slope end, the flow chain will be interrupted and percolation can become more effective. Canting can be helpful on slopes but crowning is more effective, in dividing and directing sheet flow to mitigation.

“Step Swales”, an innovative, gravity driven, hybrid system that utilizes “Smart Growth” strategies of managing storm water close to the source and combines “Country Road” design strategies with a new idea. “Step Swales” were developed by Safe Harbor Environmental about ten years ago, in collaboration with Aline Architects in Orleans, MA. Country roads use slightly raised crowns along the center, dividing and directing sheet flow to swales on each side. Continuous swales running parallel to roadways create unnecessary flow volumes. If swales are broken into sections, with their upslope end lower than their down slope end, the flow chain will be interrupted and percolation can become more effective. Canting can be helpful on slopes but crowning is more effective, in dividing and directing sheet flow to mitigation.