by Gene Clark, P.E.
UW Sea Grant, Superior
Fact Sheet, 6 pages
Many Great Lakes shorelines, ports, harbors and marinas are protected from storms, waves, ice and high water level damage by engineered coastal and offshore protection structures.
There are many types of shore protection structures and their effects on the immediate site and farther down the shoreline could have both positive and negative effects.
This fact sheet explains Great Lakes coastal processes and how engineered structures can affect the shoreline.