Posted by: reefrescue | December 7, 2016

End of Year Update

2016 was a busy and rewarding year for our beach renourishment water quality monitoring program. From Palm Beach to Boca Raton our on-water presence and aerial monitoring efforts helped keep dredging contractors in compliance with environmental permit requirements. With the help of Reef Rescue volunteers we were able to provide evidence to the State of Florida which enabled them to take enforcement action against Weeks Marine for damage to Breaker’s Reef in Palm Beach and at the beach renourishment site in Boca Raton.

Links to Reef Rescue dredging coverage:

https://www.scribd.com/document/331455672/R-S-Weeks-Incident-Assessment-Report .

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/local/reef-off-palm-beach-partly-repaired-dep-in-talks-w/ns5Fm/ .

http://cbs12.com/news/local/reef-badly-damaged-off-coast-of-florida .

http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/damage-to-coral-reef-off-palm-beach-reported .

http://cbs12.com/news/local/beach-project-continues-to-raise-reef-concerns .

https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/fdep-initiates-enforcement-action-against-dredger-for-reef-damage/ .

https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/palm-beach-silt-threatens-coral-reefs/ .

More beach renourishment and dredging work is planned for the winter of 2017 in Boca Raton. With your support we will be onsite to ensure contractor compliance.

Please consider making an end of the year, tax deductible, donation to Reef Rescue at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1434187 .

Your support of Reef Rescue allows us to continue the work of protecting the fragile South Florida coastal ecosystem.

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We have been working with beach divers in Broward County supplying them with GPS trackers that interface with their cameras allowing photos to be stamped with lat/long. This technique was useful in providing documentation of the recent coral bleaching and disease outbreak in that area. The divers are also using this system to capture before and after photos of near-shore reef impacts and burial from the Ft. Lauderdale truck haul beach projects.

We continue to work with a coalition of groups challenging the Port Everglades port expansion that has potential to seriously damage the local reefs as did the Deep Dredge project in Miami that buried 200 acres of reefs in the vicinity of the channel.

https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/philippe-cousteau-onboard-with-south-florida-groups-opposing-port-everglades-dredging-plan/ .

https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/port-everglades-expansion-a-coral-reef-apocalypse/ )

We are funded entirely by private donations. Field work, fuel, supplies, equipment and water analysis are expensive, so please help if you can!

Please consider making an end of the year, tax deductible, donation to Reef Rescue at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1434187 .

Your support of Reef Rescue allows us to continue the work of protecting the fragile South Florida coastal ecosystem.

Remember the best place to keep up with coral reef related issues is on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PalmBeachCountyReefRescue/ and at the RR Coral Reef Blog: https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/

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