Posted by: reefrescue | August 17, 2013

Fed’s question plan to dynamite Ft. Lauderdale reefs

In just released documents, NOAA and EPA echo Reef Rescue’s environmental concerns to the Port Everglades expansion plan. The federal oversight agencies and coral conservation groups agree loss to the coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats were significantly underestimated and downplayed in the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed plan to expand the port.


NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service calculates blasting will directly destroy 21.7 acres of coral reef with dredge equipment and anchors damaging another 19 .3 acres. The Army Corps admission that an added 130 acres of reef will be impacted by project related turbidity and sediment is also considered an underestimation of indirect damage that may degrade federally protected staghorn and elkhorn  coral critical habitat.

NMFS said the project would cause coral damage on “an unprecedented scale in the southeastern U.S.,” and may take the matter to the assistant secretary of the Army and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality if its concerns are not resolved.

Read Reef Rescue’s comment letter.

NOAA/NMFS comment letter.

EPA comment letter.

Sun Sentinel article.




  1. […] Corps plans to dynamite Ft. Lauderdale reefs. […]

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