Jupiter Island Beach Restoration

This project is located along Jupiter Island, a barrier island off the central East coast of Florida just south of the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, Martin County, Florida.

The project consists of the re-nourishment of four miles of beach along Jupiter Island. Due to the proximity of near shore reefs to the re-nourishment site, the sand transfer pipeline crossing the reef and the removal of beach quality sand at offshore borrow sites, impacts to the reef structure, reef communities, and benthic macroinvertebrates were key issues to successfully complete the project.

In order to document pre-project conditions, ESI collected sand samples at the beach, borrow sites, and near shore reefs, and documented the condition of the nearshore reefs and fish populations prior to the beach re-nourishment commencing.

ESI worked with the project engineer to place pipeline to eliminate impacts to sensitive reef areas. Through the design process, ESI helped minimize access impacts, and helped obtain regulatory approvals from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the US Army Corps of Engineers. As part of the monitoring for the project, ESI was responsible for documenting pre- and post-project conditions at both nearshore reefs, offshore borrow pits, and on the re-nourished beach itself.

ESI worked on a project team that included Gahagan & Bryant Associates as project engineer, and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company as contractor. The overall project was completed in the Spring of 2003, and will provide residents and beachgoers greater recreational area. The project will provide also provide endangered and threatened sea turtles with expanded nesting habitat, and will provide a natural buffer to the dune systems in the event of storms. The area is adjacent to a National Wildlife Refuge and is utilized by beachgoers and boaters on a regular basis.


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