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Coastal Management - End_Riprap_Revetment

Coastal Management

 

Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization

Stabilization Method Selection Key

Riprap Revetment

A revetment is a sloping structure parallel to the shoreline constructed against a bank/escarpment to protect it from erosion while absorbing wave energy. Revetments are typically constructed from rock/riprap, or concrete pieces. These structures can be used on shorelines with small to large waves; however, the size of the stone must be suitable to remain in place under the site’s wave action. Riprap revetments are durable, easily maintained, long-lasting structures that also create aquatic habitat.

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