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ReadyReef provides turnkey shoreline erosion control installations using the original Chesapeake Bay ecology of oysters and marsh grasses.
We has installed the first private geotube in March of 2021, an instant and substantial product that competes with riprap, but has some superior features, such as a a lower cost.
This is becoming a very popular hybrid project. We combine the Living Oyster reef sill with a Living Shoreline behind it to handle normal tidal erosive forces. Then we install the Living Wall of Envirolok bags to handle storm surge at elevations up to the 100 year flood mark.
See the project after just 2 months post install:
On the left, a rightly proud Grandad holds his first Grandaugher. On the right, next generation rightly proud Grandad holds his first Grandson, Great-Grandson to his father-in-law on the left.
Meanwhile, that marsh grass over the Grandads' right shoulders had eroded completely away over a 25 year span. As well as their love for children, the family also wanted to preserve Great Grandads property legacy as stewards of his gift to them.
ReadyReef is proud to make that shoreline restoration happen with an oyster reef sill and marsh living shoreline behind it.
Oyster Reefs as shoreline sill and habitat
Living Shorelines: now state law
Flexamat for steeper slopes in waves
Envirolok bags for near vertical slopes
Tencate GeoTubes for high energy sites.
" It’s amazing to look back at where we were compared to what it looks like today. I can’t sing you and your team’s praises enough! Sam and I couldn’t have imagined a better outcome. Thanks." (Rachael Y.)
The shoreline looks great. The plants are growing and look to be thriving. We're seeing lots of crabs, baby fish... Although the heron frequents the creek we are seeing him more often on our shoreline hunting.
We've had a lot of people coming by in their boats to look at the work we've done and asking questions. It is our hope that more of them will invest in the future of their own shorelines and take steps to make the same improvements. Even with the high tides we've had recently everything is holding up beautifully thanks to Chris and his crew's efforts. (June S.)
Video of a completed project on Occahannock Creek in Accomack County, VA. It shows a combination of using a Living Sill of oyster reefs, a Living Shoreline of marsh grass plants, and a Living Wall, also planted with marsh grasses.
Anatomy of getting a project started:
Conservation Landscaping for our Bay:
Recruiting Shoreline Property Owners into the fight for the Bay
Extreme Bay History
Innovation (now a bit dated but still true in our sprited approach to finding answers)
Who knew Living Shorelines were seasonal?
It is a wonderful world
Marsh [First] Grass Summit
Wetlands: Do we really know them?
What Oysters really want
Combination Project: Geotubes and Flexamat.
Geotubes (on left in picture) are used all over the world as a direct replacement for riprap. It costs less, allows soft access to the shoreline, will accept dredged material, no snakes and meets hurricane strength standards.
Suitable for high energy sites. Can be found at Cancun, Waikiki beach, Normandy Beach, and Atlantic City, NJ.
Flexamat (on right in
Envirolok bags save tree and support collapsing driveway.
Living shoreline in medium energy environment. Marsh grass dissapates wave energy as it breaks upslope. Wave retreats, but not dragging the marsh peat with it.
Chris Davis has worked as a teacher, professional baseball player, and subsequently spent 28 years in various manufacturing industries, including brush making, polyester polymer and film production. Multiple roles included supervision, technical customer service, planning/scheduling and plant management, ultimately serving as VP of Operations.
Chris earned a BS from William & Mary and the APICS' CPIM certification. Long standing family ties to the waters of the Eastern Shore and Mathews County have provoked the ReadyReef endeavor to help to return the Chesapeake Bay to its natural condition: one of the most beautiful, healthy and productive estuary systems in the world.
Ed Davis has 29 years of experience in the printing and packaging industry. He has held various managerial roles, rising to VP & General Manager of a major U.S. packaging operation. In addition to his manufacturing experience, Ed has owned and operated a marine business on the Chesapeake Bay (Pulley's Marine) which was a full service repair and retail operation.
Ed received his BA from Emory & Henry College with additional training from George Mason University and UVA's Darden's School of Business. Ed has served as President of The Gravure Association of America, Tidewater Marine Trade Association, and the Mathews, Virginia Club of Rotary International. His hobbies include boating, fishing and hunting on the Chesapeake Bay. Because he has spent almost 60 years enjoying the Bay, he has a keen interest in its future health. ReadyReef, Inc. is a tangible result of that interest.
We will work with you to meet deadlines and coordinate with other related projects. We will maintain open communication with you to keep you up to date on the status of your job. We do this to guarantee that the project is completed according to your preferences.
We combine our industry knowledge, the highest quality building supplies and equipment, and our dedication to deliver exceptional service to our clients. We will stay in touch, keeping you up to date on both the paperwork and renovation process.
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