Sandsaver Beach Erosion Solution
Beach Erosion Solution
The Sandsaver is quickly becoming one of the most sought after beach erosion solutions. Using basic conservative calculations, the Sandsaver re-builds beachfront property through a natural means of beach renourishment, using the wave energy, activity and sand contents of the water at a fraction of the cost of other traditionally accepted methods such as dredging, groynes, jettys or coastal armoring.
The modular sandsaver system can be used on a temporary basis, putting the modules in place, allowing them to re-build the beach and either moving them forward into the surf in effort to build additional width profile to the beach, leave them in place to provide a long term solution or remove them, allowing for nature to run its course and putting them back once the beachfront property becomes eroded once again.
Recent proven successful installations include Lake Michigan, The Gulf of Mexico and the Indian Ocean. Sandsaver’s success continues to draw international attention from coastal communities all over the glove as a beach dredging alternative that may provide a natural, long term solution to beach erosion issues that have plagued the globe for generations.
Sandsaver: A Closer Look
The video above tells about the general concept of how Sandsaver works and about Granger Plastics Company, the rotational molding company who owns the patents and trademarks on Sandsaver.
The Sandsaver™ is based on previously proven innovative technology dating from the late 1960’s and 1970’s called “The Sandgrabber”. Sandgrabber was successfully used in a number of installations including Hawaii, New Jersey and even as recently as the 1990’s in Louisiana.
The pictures below are from a Sandgrabber installation from Canada’s Wheatley Province Park installation. Notice in the picture on the left the special Sandgrabber cinder blocks being installed and in the picture on the right, how much sand the system had accumulated already by day 50. By the looks of the images, the beach erosion has been reversed and the sand has almost completely covered the Sandgrabber system.
How Sandsaver Works
See an brief explanation how the Sandsaver beach erosion solution system works in the video clip above. Sandsaver operates in 2 ways. First, the Sandsaver’s durable rotationally molded construction allows for the wave to crash against the module, breaking down the energy of the wave, immediately reducing the potential erosion. Second, the larger opening of the tapered through holes on the Sandsaver modules allow for the sand to travel into the larger opening of the tapered holes, eventually speeding up and settling out on the beach side of the module where the sand particles continue to accumulate until the module is completely covered from both behind and in front of the Sansaver modules. When the tide retreats it has to pass back through the smaller of the tapered holes, allowing the sand time to settle onto the beach and not back into the surf. Eventually the modules will become completely covered in accreted sand.
The modular construction of the units allow for easy installation and easy removal of the units, which allows for the units to be used in various locations, multiple times or simply left as a permanent installation. The extremely durable rotational molding construction provides a nearly indestructible unit, when properly filled with concrete will weigh approximately 5200 pounds.
- Sandsaver is the only modular system, that promotes beach accretion, while preventing beach erosion.
- Rotationally Molded from nearly indestructible, Food Grade Polyethylene.
- Modular design for simple installation, no chains or rebar required.
- Inexpensive and re-usable in comparison to alternative/currently accepted beach restoration methods.
- Sandsaver is molded from Polyethylene, which is 100% recyclable.
- Sandsaver, drastically reduces the carbon footprint of most Beach Restoration projects, by not requiring numerous, gas guzzling Barges.
- Sandsaver, can be re-used multiple times, for multiple installs, in multiple locations, if so desired. Or the system can be left in place permanently.
- Environmentally friendly, will not deteriorate, nor will the units “take in” any Sea Turtles or other living organisms, unlike any type of Dredging barges.
- Each module weighs approximately 5200 pounds when full; Not light weight or easily moved; Tornados/Hurricanes would have to have unheard of speeds to move a module due to the weight. Contingent upon the length of the installation, the weight of the system increases drastically.
- Tapered through holes with larger opening exposed closest to surf, for easier transport to beach side of module.
- Will not leave exposed concrete, rocks, wood, or other materials that could be potentially dangerous to those utilizing the beach, alleviating those safety concerns.
- Modular system allows for as much or as little Beach re-nourishment as needed.
- Protected by US and International Patents
- Proudly manufactured in the United States of America.
Indian Ocean- Diani Beach, Kenya Africa
In January of 2020, Granger Plastics Company assisted in a Sandsaver beach erosion solution installation at the beautiful, 5 star Swahili Beach Resort in Diani Beach, Kenya. The opulent resort had been experiencing severe beach erosion over the last few years and decided to install Sandsaver in effort to combat their beach erosion issues. Take a look at the video and pictures below to see the incredible accumulation of sand being realized at the resort, as the width profiles have increased over 100 feet in some areas while accreting over 20,000 cubic yards of sand in just 6 weeks time, effectively renourishing the beautiful ocean-front property on the Indian Ocean.
Beach Erosion Solution Install: Indian Ocan Part 1
In the video above, watch as the Sandsaver beach erosion barriers are installed by crews of manual labor, put into place, filled with sand and then see how the units accumulate over 3,000 cubic yards of sand and increasing the width profile of the resort’s beach as much as 75 feet in some areas in just 2 short weeks!
Beach Erosion Solution Install: Indian Ocean Part 2
Watch the second part of the video series showing the Sandsaver Diani Beach, Kenya installation, where the units continue to perform exceptionally well, accumulating over 20,000 cubic yards of sand while building up the width profile over 100 feet in areas of the beach in just 6 short weeks!
Beach Erosion Solution Install: Indian Ocean Part 3
Sandsaver Diani Beach, Kenya Photo Gallery
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Gulf of Mexico Sandsaver Install
In the late summer of 2019, a private property owner selected the Sandsaver™ to resolve their property’s beach erosion issues. This property was on an intercoastal water-way on the Gulf of Mexico. The property owner installed Sandsaver across the entire width of the beach front property in effort to rebuild the beach. Because of the installation location, the tide experienced at the property is on average, less than 12 inches in height. Initially, the lack of tide caused great concern as to Sandsaver’s ability to rebuild the beach, however in less than 10 weeks in the reduced tide environment, the Sandsaver modules performed extremely well and were already near 50% covered! See the photos below of the Sandsaver Gulf of Mexico installation.
Sandsaver Gulf of Mexico Photo Gallery
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Lake Michigan Sandsaver Install
In the summer of 2011, Sandsaver was installed in Lake Michigan as a Pilot US installation to prove its effectiveness as a natural solution to beach erosion inside one of the Great Lakes. A 250 foot system was installed in effort to rebuild beach front property for a church camp in Michigan. Pre-installation surveys were conducted in effort to gauge the systems ability to accrete sand and to study the effects the system would have an adjacent properties. A third-party engineering firm conducted a number of surveys and a final survey, with a final report stating that “the results of the shoreline in response to the Sandsaver system are unambiguously positive.”
The third-party engineering report and course of survey’s also discovered and reported that “at the very least, the Sandsaver design did not generate adjacent negative impacts associated with shore-normal and impermeable structures. The Sandsaver modules permeability and placement in a shore-parallel orientation demonstrated no negative impacts to adjacent stretches of beaches.”
Lake Michigan Sandsaver Final Report
Click the link below to download and read the final report of the pilot Sandsaver install in Lake Michigan.
Sandsavers installed in Lake Michigan Video
Sandsavers Lake Michigan Photo Gallery
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Sandsaver Beach Erosion Barrier Gallery
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