Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dredge & Fill Projects Like Reach 8 Don’t Work

Reach 8 would be a waste of taxpayer dollars in the millions because these projects don’t work and require frequent maintenance. Poor quality fill easily washes away. Tropical Storms & Northeasters recently illustrated how the use of poor quality dredged material is ill-advised.

Two examples are:

(1) The recently washed-away 2006 dredge and fill project by the Town of Palm Beach at Reach 7 (Phipps Park to the Par Three Golf Course);
(2) The recently washed away 2006 dune restoration project by the Town (within Reach 8), which was constructed of 6,000 truckloads of the same poor quality dredged material and caused increased unmitigated impacts to nearshore hardbottom in Reach 8.

Surfrider Foundation would posit that a false sense of security is being given to coastal residents who allow poor material to “protect” their property.

The Town of Palm Beach’s Project is also currently before the Army Corp, whom has not yet approved this project permit.

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