Posted by: reefrescue | July 3, 2013

Request by Delray Beach to weaken beach testing standards denied

In a letter dated June 7, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) denied a request by Delray Beach to weaken water quality monitoring standards on future beach renourishment projects.

The request was prompted by the inability of the dredge contractor for Delray Beach to comply with the already weakened turbidity monitoring requirements during the recently completed 2013 beach renourishment project. The admission by the contractor followed weeks of close scrutiny by Reef Rescue volunteers, who documented numerous turbidity water quality violations during the project.

In fact, as justification for requesting more lenient future standards, the contractor admits to 10 turbidity violations during the last 6 days of dredging in Delray Beach (see below). They go on to argue, Delray should be given a pass on future projects because the excessive turbidity clouds were “generated by the project (dredging process),…” Isn’t that the purpose of compliance monitoring; to prevent the project from generating excess turbidity? In closing, perhaps their most absurd contention is that shuffling of feet in the surf stirred up sediment increasing turbidity. Thank you, FDEP for not buying into this line of nonsense. To see the request letter from the contractor click here.


More Reef Rescue Delray Beach monitoring investigation reports listed below:





  1. […] Delray Beach renourishmnet turbidity violations. […]

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