Posted by: reefrescue | March 23, 2013

We are re-posting this alert for divers in the Boca Raton, Boynton Beach area. Please keep an eye out for reef damage and silt accumulations in this area. This dredge company needs to be closely watched.

 

See: http://www.wpbf.com/news/south-florida/Palm-Beach-County-News/Damage-to-Flower-Garden-Reef-prompts-investigation/-/8815578/19429604/-/12nlq0g/-/index.html

Reef Rescue - Coral Reef Blog

We’re asking divers and boaters to report any damage they observe to the coral reef ecosystem offshore of Delray Beach and Boynton.

March 2, 2013, the Texas, the largest dredge in the US, moved into position to begin the massive Delray beach renourishment project. The project which runs roughly from Linton Blvd. north to Atlantic Ave., will add 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to 1.9 miles of beach. The project is expected to take 30 to 45 days for completion.

March 1, was the beginning of sea turtle nesting season, but the contractor was granted an extension to allow dredging to continue during the nesting season. The contractor was also granted a variance  from the State to extend the turbidity silt plume to 1000 meters (3280 ft.) from the beach discharge point, because they argued they could not comply with the standard 150 (492 ft.) meter zone due…

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