Natural breakwaters

Living mussel fields and oyster reefs slow down sand erosion on river banks.

  1. The solution

    Baskets with mussels or oysters on the forebank.

  2. How it works

    The mussel fields or oyster reefs on the forebank break the waves. That reduces the wave impact and erosion affecting the soft riverbank behind, allowing for the development of a natural bank area. In addition, the mussel fields and oyster reefs also serve as a habitat for fauna.

  3. Why is this Building with Nature?

    Most banks in the city are hard structures. Soft banks are not used because they can collapse or erode. With mussel fields or oyster reefs, we can create the conditions in which flora and fauna can thrive.

    Natural breakwaters