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December 2014

We're back from our newsletter hiatus and hope you are all well.  Fall was a very busy season for NETCO with many projects, from beach erosion control work in Rhode Island, the Cape and the Islands, to coastal stairways like the one mentioned below.


We hope you enjoy the holiday season and, as always, that you find our newsletter interesting and enjoyable and, remember, we welcome your feedback!


Steeps Stairs R Us!

NETCO is currently replacing an existing stairway on Merryfield Path (a coastal bank beach accessway) in Truro, MA where the slope of the coastal bank is very steep (1:2).   To install the helical anchors to support the stairs, NETCO had to devise an economical way of accessing each anchor location without the use of an expensive crane or other more labor intensive methods. 


NETCO worked with a subcontractor to design an electrically operated helical anchor drive machine that could "walk down" the existing stairway to access each location on the face of the coastal bank.  While the set-up at each location was slow, the system worked and resulted in a substantial savings over other methods of installing helicals anchor. 


The carpentry aspect of the work will begin shortly and the staircase should be completed by January. The Merryfield Path stairway is perhaps one of NETCO's most challenging stairway projects, and at NETCO, we enjoy a challenge!


Please see our website www.netcomanage.com for additional information on helical anchors and other coastal construction solutions. 


Meet our Zach!
Meet Zach Lager, a NETCO Project Manager with a very special "side job." After college, Zachary Lager, one of NETCO's Coastal Construction Project Managers, volunteered in a child aid program in Mozambique.  Zach chose to go there for his volunteer experience because of his interest in third world development and because he is fluent in Portuguese, the primary language of Mozambique the country.

Zach recognized during his time as a volunteer that there was a strong disconnect between local African needs and the mainstream development responses to those needs. Resources and knowledge were not reaching the people that needed it most; local people were becoming dependent on development aid; and environmental sustainability was an afterthought of most development programs. As a result of these realizations and in response to local African needs, in the spring of 2011 Zach started Local Development Catalyst Network (LDCN), an organization that works to foster sustainable community development in Mozambique.

Here's an update from Zach's most recent LCDN newsletter: Read more

Beach Notes

New Jersey: New Jersey's Plan to Fortify Its Coast Still Faces Roadblocks 


One of the many lessons learned from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey Coast is the benefit of having protective dunes and berms.  Despite the proven benefits and government support/financing for the construction of these dunes in vulnerable areas along the Jersey Coast, these coastal construction projects continue to face opposition from a variety of angles ranging from aesthetics and private property rights to questioning the long term sustainability and viability of protective dunes and berms.  This article provides an interesting intersection of government, private, as well as environmental perspectives/interests on the controversial issue of how best to protect the Jersey Shore from future disaster. Read more


Massachusetts: Oak Bluffs Selectmen Recalibrate Stance on Sand Mining 


The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Management recently released their 2014 Ocean Management Plan in which they propose to open up nine offshore sand mining sites.  Currently, Massachusetts is the only state in the country that bans offshore sand mining and the proposal has sparked a complex debate in Oaks Bluff, MA.  While advocates in Oak Bluffs argue that offshore sand resources are essential to protect the town infrastructure, opponents are calling for caution and warn about the potential negative impacts including the adverse effect sand mining could have on the fishing industry. Read more


Rhode Island: Building on borrowed time + Video 


Due to the increasing rate of erosion, sea level rise, and the impact of coastal storms, Rhode Island's coastline is under constant barrage from mother nature.  This attack on Rhode Island's coast has sparked an intense and high stakes debate on how best to protect Rhode Island's coastline and specifically whether hard shoreline protection measures such as revetment walls and sea walls should be permitted.  The debate goes far beyond the effectiveness of these hard shoreline protection measures and encompasses other issues such as public vs. private land rights, the liability of future erosion and how it is impacted by these hard shoreline protection measures, and the environmental impact these hard shoreline protection measures have on the larger coastal region. 

Read more


Maine: Rethinking our relationship with the ocean 


As sea levels rise, coastal communities and cities around the world will be faced with a variety of challenges in remaining viable locations to live and do business.  One such town, Bath, ME has taken a proactive approach in dealing with this increasingly important issue.   Working in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Design and Resiliency Team (DART), the community of Bath has developed an action plan that works with and embraces rising sea levels rather than trying to prevent the inevitable.  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


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