Landroids from New Jersey


Our team contacted the Landroids from New Jersey.  They had chosen beach erosion caused storms for their project too.  

They chose point Harvey Cedars as a case study area to learn about the local impacts, funding, politics and engineering solutions. On a stormy, rainy, windy day, the Landroids met the Harvey Cedar Mayor on the beach, to witness first hand how the storm can damage the shoreline. The team also presented to the mayor their ideas and concerns. They also visited Surf City to see what a completed beach replenish project looked like, and how the sand can migrate to Barnegat Lighthouse.


The Landroids thought we should look at  WhisprWave�, a floating breakwater. 

Traditional breakwaters, seawalls and jetties have failed primarily because they reflect or direct wave energy in destructive ways or concentrate it in local hot spots. Erosion problems and the scouring effects of the misdirected energy lead to the loss of beach / coastline and undermine the structures that were meant to be protected.

In addition, other fixed structures such as groins lead to the loss of natural flows in down-drift beaches by interrupting the littoral flows of sand and generally create a surplus condition on the up-drift side and a starvation condition on the down-drift beaches.

The WhisprWave� is designed to remedy the limitations of traditional breakwaters, seawalls and jetties. The WhisprWave� can be set in any depth of water, but is particularly effective at 20foot depths and less, believed to encompass most in-shore erosion problems. Unlike other systems, it has complete portability and does not require major construction to move it. This flexibility greatly enhances its usefulness at sites that are subject to possible changes in needs and requirements.