Shoreline Erosion Control: New Options for Low-lying Coastal Areas

Many low-lying coastal areas are suffering significant erosion. Traditional approaches are often costly or not possible for many reasons, including unstable bottom soils and accessibility issues. The state of Louisiana alone has lost 1,900 square miles of coastal land during the 20th century. Desperate for solutions to minimize the rate of erosion, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) issued a Request for Proposals for non-rock protection systems that could circumvent accessibility issues, poor soil conditions, severe weather, and would allow marine fisheries access to the area. In this session, Mr. Ryder shares information on a new erosion control system known as Buoyancy Compensation Erosion Control Modules (BCECM) and the promising results of a five-year NRCS study that monitored the effectiveness of BCECM installations on Shark Island, Louisiana. 

 Ryder, Bellingham Marine  

Steve Ryder, Manager of Project Development
Bellingham Marine – Southeast Division – Jacksonville, Florida
Steve began his career with Bellingham Marine in May of 1988 in the Jacksonville, Florida SE Division office as a Marketing Representative for the Florida and Gulf Coast states.  He is responsible for project development for Marina and Dry Storage projects in the Florida, Georgia, the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.  Project highlights include:

  • Ocean Reef Club Marina – Docks D,E,F,H, Key Largo, Florida
  • Rybovich Marina – Mega Yacht Expansion, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Albany Marina – Mega Yacht Facility, New Providence, Bahamas
  • Bahia Mar Marina Renovation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Chub Cay Marina Expansion, Berry Islands, Bahamas
  • Miami International Boat Show Marina, Virginia Key, Florida
  • Stock Island Marina – Phase 1, Key West, Florida
  • Lauderdale Marine Center Marina Renovation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Savannah Yacht Center, Savannah, Georgia
  • Fisher Island Guest Marina, Fisher Island, Florida
  • Coquina Marina, Daytona Beach, Florida

Professional affiliations include:  Director United States Superyacht Association (USSA), Director Florida Marine Contractors Association (FMCA), Past Director Association of Marina Industries (AMI), Jacksonville Marine Association (JMA), Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC), Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).