The Lake Doctors, Inc.


Erosion Repair & Prevention

Erosion Control is vital for water body owners to maintain the health and beauty of their aquatic environments.

After all, shoreline erosion is a serious issue for thousands of lakes and ponds. The EPA lists erosion as one of the primary causes of environmental degradation in water systems. It can continue to get worse over time due to the impact of rainfall, wind, waves, and human activity. The effect can be loss of shoreline property, loss of proper depth due to the displaced shoreline soil, creation of shoreline cracks and gullies, and, of course, loss of aesthetic appeal. 

That’s why control methods are essential—it halts the damaging erosion process and begins the process of revitalization. By doing so, it not only protects these valuable natural areas for the future but also preserves their ecological integrity and aesthetic beauty.

The Lake Doctors is a Certified Service Provider (CSP) for SOX Erosion Solutions products. SOX’s patented control system can immediately stop erosion issues, while  increasing aesthetic value and promoting natural vegetation growth.
A Green Infrastructure Solution,  SOX is a simple solution to complex erosion problems that will blend into the surrounding environment and enhance aesthetic value. 

The 5 Components to SOX: 

  1. SOX Technical Mesh
  2. Anchors
  3. Tethering & Connecting (Rope) 
  4. Fill Layer
  5. Vegetative Layer
SOX Bank Illustration

 Key Advantages:

  • HDPE Technical Mesh is not biodegradable
  • Long-term bank stabilization solution that can be used anywhere
  • Can be directly vegetated in several ways
  • Blends into the surrounding environment
  • Improves quality of water body
  • Accepts a variety of fill materials including stone
  • Fill material is contained and anchored in place with SOX
  • Slope can be changed, and land can be regained
  • Conforms to the topography of the bank / toe rests on the shelf
  • Can be stacked & used as soil lifts to build to any slope requirements
  • Modular and has continuous connectivity
  • Can be cut and shaped around trees, pipes, and posts
  • Minimal site prep work
  • Long-term solution compared to stone and bulkheads
  • Can install up to 1,000 L Ft/week

 Fill Material Options:

  • Off-site sand & organic mix
  • Dredge spoils
  • Stone
  • Locally sourced organic media
  • Excavated soils (onsite)
  • Blown in mulch or compost

Vegetation Options:

  • Sod 
  • Native Plantings
  • Hydroseeding



Services That We Don't Offer (and Why)

Rip Rap

  • Short Lifespan to Failure – Typically 4-7 Years 
  • Hardened shoreline 
  • Cannot regain lost land 
  • Cannot be vegetated 
  • Does not help water quality 
  • Does not limit runoff of sediment 
  • Susceptible to erosion behind the stone 
  • Significant Slope Limitations 
  • No Warranty


  • Short Lifespan to Failure – Typically 5-7 Years 
  • Cannot be vegetated – trees actually have to be removed
  • Does not help water quality 
  • Does not limit runoff of sediment 
  • Susceptible to collapse 
  • No permanent anchoring – will separate from the shoreline
  • Tend to leave a dangerous hidden drop, causing fall hazards
  • Typically a polyester, which degrades into microplastics   

Core Logs

  • Short Lifespan to Failure – Typically 4-5 Years 
  • Dissolve over time and contribute to sedimentation issues 
  • Cannot regain lost land 
  • Does not help water quality 
  • Does not limit runoff of sediment 
  • Significant Slope Limitations 
  • No Warranty

Retention Walls

  • Short Lifespan to Failure – Typically 8-10 Years 
  • Extremely expensive – costs as high as $1,000 per linear foot 
  • Hardened shoreline – Does not dissipate wave action
  • Cannot establish vegetation at water’s edge 
  • Does not help water quality 
  • Does not limit runoff of sediment