G.T. Beaulieu, M.G. Skafel, W.F. Baird


The safe entry during storms to the fishing harbour at Wheatley on Lake Erie was compromised by breaking waves at the harbour entrance. These waves approach the entrance from a narrow easterly sector due to storm tracks, fetch limitations, and refraction. Using a physical model, a small offshore breakwater was selected as the best solution to eliminate the breaking waves. During the six years since construction, the breakwater has performed satisfactorily and has had a negligible effect on the littoral processes as determined from regular bathymetric surveys.


breakwater; offshore breakwater; Wheatley, Ontario

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