March 2016
It may be a little early to say this but it's beginning to feel a bit like spring in Massachusetts and we are happily looking forward to the end of storm season and warmer weather.

I experienced an early version of spring during my recent trip to Australia. On one of our stops we were able to observe a well known Australian icon, the koala. Koalas sleep about 16 to 18 hours a day, but we were fortunate to see one searching for eucalyptus in the late afternoon.

While in Australia, I visited the manufacturer Elcorock, a soft erosion control product. I'm excited to tell you more about Elcorock, which we've added to NETCO's options for addressing the ongoing challenge of shoreline erosion. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and always enjoy your feedback!

Dave Lager
A New Product for NETCO!
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ElcoRock Report
T his past month I traveled to Australia to visit the factory and technical offices of Geofabrics, manufacturers of the ElcoRock geo bag container system. I also visited job sites that use the ElcoRock system, specifically the 2.5 cubic meter container. The purpose of the trip was to better understand both design and construction issues behind use of the ElcoRock system. Read More

Beach Notes
The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), along with the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant, are working to develop a risk index tool that could be an accurate determinant in predicting the environmental impact and damage to the state's shoreline before a storm occurs... Read More 
An analysis of long-term, water quality monitoring data reveals that climate change is already having an impact on ecosystems in the coastal waters of Buzzards Bay, Mass... Read More 
Sandwich officials continue to interact with the Army Corps of Engineers and state natural heritage representatives about what happens next along the shoreline at Town Neck with its eroding beach and battered dune system... Read More 
Work is underway to strengthen and restore critical marsh habitat at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge as the coastal sanctuary for birds and fish is under increasing climate-based threats... Read More  
The oceans have heaved up and down as world temperatures have waxed and waned, but as new research tracking the past 2,800 years shows, never during that time did the seas rise as sharply or as suddenly as has been the case during the last century... Read More  
More and more coastal communities face hard evidence that sea level rise (SLR) is far from abstract but is becoming very, very real - as in "water lapping at your doorstep" real... Read More  
In old science fiction movies, invading aliens would warn the human race: "Resistance is futile."
For coastal cities facing their own invading force - rising sea levels - resistance may indeed be futile, but resilience and creativity could be the keys not only to surviving, but thriving ... Read More  
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  • Coir log and coir envelope construction
  • Coastal bank, shoreline and dune stabilization
  • Inland waterway erosion control
  • Construction site erosion control
  • Sand drift fencing
  • Beach nourishment
  • Vegetated buffers and coastal bank vegetation
  • Rock gabion construction (wire & HDPE gabions)
  • Boardwalks, dune crossovers, walkway construction
  • Wetland/salt marsh restoration
  • Infrastructure protection

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David C. Lager