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Athens 4th Street Kayak Launch


An eroding and littered shoreline in the Village of Athens was cleaned up and repurposed to provide greater recreational access to the riverfront. Major accomplishments of the project included shoreline stabilization, aesthetic improvement, and installation of a pier, accessible ramp, and floating launch.

Lessons Learned

  • Construction timelines can be delayed due to unforeseen weather and storms. This project was
    expected to be completed by July 2007. However, delays extended the project until 2010.
  • A relatively small and isolated natural site acts as a magnet for wildlife, including potentially destructive overuse by Canada geese.
  • Boulders in a sill can get dislodged by wave energy and ice. The site should be monitored frequently and managed as needed for this issue, especially after storms and harsh winters.
  • Strategic volunteer engagement can reduce maintenance costs.