Posted by: reefrescue | March 24, 2013

Delray Dredge Debacle

March 24, 2013, 9:00 AM, the silt plume from the Delray Beach renourishment project stretches along over two miles of shoreline and is clearly in violation of the project permit. Reef Rescue collected turbidity compliance samples on March 3rd, 5th, 17th and found permit violations. In each instance these data were reported to the FDEP compliance office. One month after the project began, today’s conditions are the worst to date; turning the nearshore environment into a sea of mud.

Where is the Department of Environmental Protection? Are they unwilling or incapable of enforcing the very permit they issued for this project.


The turbidity compliance permit requirement is not to exceed 29 NTU above background conditions. Today’s test results found silt levels at 87.5 NTU above background.


The dredge is now sitting 500 feet west of Seagate Reef, home of ESA protected staghorn coral and a location designated by the federal government as habitat critical for the survival of the species.

This is the same dredge that a few weeks ago laid waste to 3 miles of the Flower Gardens Reef and spewed rocks and coral rubble over 10 blocks of beach in the Town of Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Daily News, the Palm Beach Post, and ABC News coverage.




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