Rip Rap in McHenry, Illinois
Shoreline erosion is an entirely natural process that is constantly evolving the terrain along lakes, streams and rivers and the bodies of water themselves. It is essentially the gradual or sometimes more rapid removal of sediments along a shore line. Erosion can be caused by a number of factors including water craft wake, to high winds, stormy weather, ice and shifting temperatures, run off, and loss of vegetation and trees. Rip rap, also commonly referred to as rock armor, shot rock or rubble is organic material used to protect stream beds, shore lines, bridge abutments, pilings and other various shore line structures against adverse elements like stormy weather, wake from boating and water or ice erosion. Rip rapping has a soft, pleasant, natural looking appearance, almost as if the rocks hadn’t been placed there by man.