This checklist will help you evaluate your property, and determine what steps you need to take to stabilize your slopes and halt erosion (Printer-friendly version of the checklist.)
What landform(s) are located on my property?
(check glossary definitions)
Property Description and Observations
____ What is the elevation of the house above the
____ What is the average angle of the slope face?
____ Do waves reach the toe of the slope?
____ Has the slope face been recontoured or filled?
What are the diameters of beach sediments around the slope toe?(e.g.
What is soil material type(s) of the slope?
Factors Influencing Slope Erosion and Stability
Surface Water Runoff, Wind and Frost Wedging
Can the effects of surface water runoff be visually identified?
What does your property contribute to runoff?
Is there evidence of groundwater in the slope?
What are your contributions to groundwater in the slope?
____ Is there vegetation on or adjacent to the slope? If yes, where
is it and what are the species?
If no, is there evidence of past vegetation?
What happened to it and what were the species?
____ Is there evidence of vegetation movement down the slope?
____ Is there a noticable beach width above the high water line?
____ Are wave energies eroding the toe of the slope?
____ Are there coastal erosion control structures along the beach of your or neighboring properties? (e.g. bulkheads)
____ If yes, are these structures causing erosion?
____ Is your property flood prone?
How do you use the slope?
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