Management of Sandy Inlets: Coastal and Environmental Engineering Imperatives

by Ashish J. Mehta, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, United States,
Clay L. Montague, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Management of sandy tidal inlets is required for maintenance of navigable channels and control of beach erosion. Management elements essentially entail 'resharing' of sand by alteration of natural sediment pathways, while preventing ecological damage. Although technology for understanding sediment movement near inlets has made strides in recent years, considerable effort is required in developing efficient systems for bypassing sand. Inlet design criteria are identified for the management of critical habitats. These criteria are then applied qualitatively to the issue of rising sea level. Refinements in the criteria should result from their use in inlet design and management decisions, which the authors encourage.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Inlets (waterway) | Environmental issues | Tides | Littoral drift | Sand (hydraulic) | Sandy soils | Maintenance

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