Water-Related News

Giant ‘socks’ used to repair Lake Morton shore

LAKELAND — Basically, part of the Lake Morton shore is now a big sock filled with dirt, covered with grass.

The goal was to create a shoreline that is virtually indistinguishable from nature and do it at a reasonable cost, Lakes and Stormwater Manager Laurie Smith said. So far, so good, she added, as sod has taken root on the new land a couple months later. A similar, but bigger, project is planned for the south shore of Lake Beulah.

“Most of the grass we had planted on top of it ... it’s rooted and doing really well,” Smith said of a 150-foot section of southeast Lake Morton repaired soon after Hurricane Irma. “We’ve got a little bit we need to re-patch because the ducks and the swans love the grass — they’ve been nibbling on it a little bit.”

The project was completed by Lake and Wetland Management, an environmental services firm that does work statewide, and utilizes “Dredgesox,” the aforementioned sock filled with dirt.