A group of civil engineering graduate students at UL are fighting coastal erosion.
They are working on a device called the Wave Robber and it could be a game changer
It was created by Webster Pierce of Cut Off, Louisiana.
Since 2011, UL students have been testing the device to see how well it works.
“It will reduce the wave energy so that water does not have enough velocity to break up the shoreline.” said UL grad Salmen Sakib.
Sakib says the device also has another purpose.
“As time progresses, the soil keeps building from the suspended particles and rather than losing land you are gaining land.” he continued.
Civil Engineering Professor Dr. Daniel Gang says the early results show the Wave Robber works.
However if the device is going to help restore the coast, it will need to be produced on a massive scale.
“We have applied for a sea grant to make a molt. It can increase the production speed . You could make real quickly, one unit, another unit to the field.” said Gang.
Sakib also believes the wave robber would also be beneficial for the oil industry.
“Whenever they are building new canals for their oil industry, they are not breaking up the whole marsh because of the system.” said Sakib.