An experiment in stopping erosion in Stratford - reef balls

May 15, 2014

Reef balls just off the coast of Stratford, Conn.
Credit Jan Ellen Spiegel

There’s a peculiar looking sight off the shoreline of Stratford, Connecticut these days.  Sitting just above the low tide line are 2 rows of about 60 concrete domes with big holes in them – each one kind of like a 15-hundred-pound piece of calcified swiss cheese. These are a type of artificial reef called reef balls. Its purpose is to stop erosion. But  it comes with one big question – will it work?

Read more about the Stratford reef ball experiment on the Connecticut Mirror here.