Management of Drumstick Barrier Islands

by Richard A. Davis, Jr., Univ of South Florida, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Barrier Islands: Process and Management


Three major problem areas exist on these barrier/inlet systems: 1) the updrift inlet which tends to migrate and erode the upland barrier, 2) the narrow, low and sediment-starved downdrift end which experiences washover and transgression (erosion), and 3) the vegetated back-barrier environment which has commonly been dredged and filled. Proper long-term planning can provide for development that will have little negative impact on the barrier if these environments are relegated to parks and natural areas. Only the updrift-central part of the barrier should be subjected to significant development. This is in marked contrast to practices of the past.

Subject Headings: Barrier islands | Erosion | Littoral drift | Sediment transport | Inlets (waterway) | Overwash | Vegetation | Dredging

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