Erosion Prevention with Rip Rap

Erosion can happen to any shoreline or area exposed to flowing water. The concentrated flow of water and the energy of waves can cause significant damage in a rather quick period of time. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent erosion, even along shorelines that are exposed to strong waves and water flow. One of these erosion-prevention techniques is the use of riprap.
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A riprap is a permanent layer of stone. It acts as armor to stabilize and protect soil from erosion caused by the flow of water. When riprap is installed, it is usually placed along a graded ditch, channel, or shoreline bank on top of the geotextile. This prevents erosion undercutting. Riprap is a tried and true form of erosion protection that is excellent for a variety of locations, including shorelines, storm drains, bridges, culverts, and so on.

Riprap increases surface roughness, which slows the velocity of runoff. If you are looking to protect an area of land that does not grow vegetation, riprap is the top option. Riprap is also suitable for just about any other section of land. It is easy to install and maintain, making it low-cost once it’s installed. As an added bonus, some people like the rugged appearance of riprap.

There are a few things to consider if you plan on using riprap for erosion control. First, you want to consider the amount of erosion your land encounters. The stronger the flow of water, the larger the riprap must be in order to protect the land. The larger the riprap, the longer the installation period, and the more expensive the price tag. However, as mentioned previously, riprap is an affordable and cost-effective method of erosion prevention that can help you protect your land and save you money in the long run.

As you budget for riprap, consider getting in touch with Delta Aggregate. We are your riprap specialists. There is no project too big or too small for us. We carry top-quality riprap and we’re equipped with the necessary tools to get your installation complete with efficiency and ease. To receive a consultation, you can call Delta Aggregate at 815-791-8377. We are also available by email at We accept all debit and credit cards, as well as checks, draws, cash, and credit terms. Whatever your needs may be, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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