Foundry Dock


An eroding shoreline in the Village of Cold Spring, impacted by human use, currents, waves and ice, was reconstructed to include vegetation, varied slopes and sinuous soft shoreline features. This engineered shoreline protects and improves shoreline habitat and accommodates a boat launch and other recreational activities.

Lessons Learned

  • In relatively sheltered areas, coir rolls are a soft shoreline option that is sturdy enough to stay in place even after years of heavy ice shear and wave action.
  • Permitting agencies were willing to grant permits for a soft shoreline approach, but shorelines with a substantial industrial history and/or close proximity to a brownfield site may be required to undergo additional review and approval.