OH - Saybrook Township Park Board worried as erosion eats away shoreline

Lake Erie’s high water levels and lack of ice coverage continue to cause significant erosion along the shoreline and has prompted Saybrook Township Park officials to hire an engineering firm to study the damage.

The constant pounding of waves has eaten away boulders placed along the shoreline 20 years ago for erosion control, said park board member Pat Shells.

“The high lake level breached our erosion control, causing the shoreline to slip,” she said. “The unfortunate part is you can’t see the damage from the bluff. We used a drone to see the damage.”

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, it’s going to cost the park board $2,000 a foot to reinforce the shoreline, and the park board needs to reinforce about 200 feet, Shells said.

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