Product: Geotube® Marine Structures Technology
Location: Upham Beach, Florida
During a 30-year period in the late 20th century, the Army Corps of Engineers renourished Upham Beach six times with more than one million cubic yards of sand -- costing over $10 million. Heavy wave action continued to threaten seawalls, dunes, and beachfront properties. A long-term solution was needed to address the chronic erosion problem of Upham Beach.
Geotube® marine containment technology provided the answer for this chronic erosion situation. The key was changing the wave action. A series of five "T-Head" groynes were built on the beach to alter the wave energy [photo 2]. The Geotube® containers (30' circumference) were up to 200' long and 190' wide. Each unit was sprayed with a special sand-colored polyurethane coating to provide a protective barrier against UV rays and vandalism [photo 4].
Since the installation of the Geotube® structures, the beach has stabilized and replenished itself. After only two years, Upham Beach measured 100 feet wider in the area of the groynes [photo 6]