Posted by: reefrescue | December 16, 2013

ALERT – Dredgers vs. Lynn’s Reef

Palm Beach County’s latest beach renourishment project is about to begin south of the Boynton Beach Inlet and dangerously close to Lynn’s Reef.

The project will pump 550,000 cubic yards of offshore sediment onto over one mile of beach from the inlet south to Ocean Ridge. The offshore borrow area is less than 1,000 feet from the patch reefs west of Lynn’s (see figure). Lynn’s Reef is arguably one of the best and healthiest reefs left along the Florida Reef Tract and home to threatened Staghorn and Pillars coral colonies as well as a resident population of endangered juvenile green sea turtles. Sediment impacts to this reef system could be devastating.

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Reef Rescue will be onsite monitoring contractor compliance and sediment impacts to the reef. Last year’s beach renourishment projects in Palm Beach and Delray Beach resulted in rocks strewn on the beach, cable drag damage to Breaker’s and Flower Garden Reefs and massive silt plumes along the coastline. We can’t let this happen this year.

We’re asking divers to collect photographic documentation of conditions on the north end of Lynn’s before, during and after the project and to report any reef damage to Reef Rescue – immediately!

We are also working with beach divers in Broward County to help document impacts to the nearshore hardbottom from the Pompano to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea truck haul renourishment project now underway. (Click here to learn more about the Broward project.)

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If you haven’t done so yet this year, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to Reef Rescue to help us continue the fight to protect our reefs.

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Also see: Latest research demonstrates connection between coral disease and sediment impacts.

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