About Us


Hank Sutton

Senior Engineering Technician

Based on 25 years experience as a marine contractor and mechanical riprap boat builder, Hank has gained substantial knowledge of the subtle details of shoreline geomorphology associated with reservoir shoreline erosion. This knowledge has resulted in the development of methods of wave energy dissipation for establishing affordable and effective naturally colonized living shorelines.


 Engineering Experience:
-  Design and production of Macoupin Mechanical Riprap Boats, Barges and Survey Boats
-  Design and construction of stone sill breakwaters for Naturally Colonized Littoral Habitat
-  Shoreline Surveys: Littoral Topography with Littoral Slope Gradient & Riprap Quantity Calculations.
-  IDOT Certified Aggregate Inspector including riprap gradation and quality testing.
-  IDOT Physical Tests Supervisor, District 6.
-  IDOT Survey Party Chief for Interstate Highway and Bridge Construction.
-  Founder & President of Lake Rip Rap, Inc. / Macoupin Boats
-  Recipient of: 2012 Illinois Lake Guardian Award.
-  Member of Illinois Lake Management Association for over 30 years
-  Board Member of Sunset Lake Association
-  Board Member of Otter Lake Water Commission