Engineering for Beach Restoration Dredging

by Thomas J. Campbell, Arthur V. Strock & Associates, Inc, Deerfield Beach, FL,
Kim Beachler, Arthur V. Strock & Associates, Inc, Deerfield Beach, FL,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Beach restoration utilizing offshore dredging has proven to be the most economical way to restore beaches in Florida. There have been over a dozen projects constructed using this method in the last 15 years, and these projects have proven successful in providing storm protection and recreational beach for many areas. The two most recent projects were constructed in 1983 in Pompano Beach and Jupiter Island, Florida. Increasing environmental regulations have become an integral part of the design of a beach restoration. The regulations which affect offshore dredging and the additional studies that have become necessary due to the regulations are reviewed. These include the impact on coral reef (and other similar habitats) and the turbidity created by the dredge. A comparison between the two example projects is made to show the difference in applying the regulations to similar projects.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Ecological restoration | Dredging | Economic factors | Storms | Water-based recreation | Islands | Sand (hydraulic) | Florida | United States

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