Stop the Mid-Reach Beach Dredging Project


Chapter: Sebastian Inlet
State: FL
Country: USA
Theme: Coastal Preservation
Launch Date: November 01 2007
Status: Active

Since 2007, the Sebastian Inlet chapter has been opposed to the Army Corps of Engineers and Brevard County Satellite Beach Mid-Reach project to avoid the burial of 7-plus miles of protected nearshore reef (Essential Fish Habitat) and a number of local surf breaks. In July 2009 the corps had denied the County a permit proposal due to the projected impact of 43 acres of reef. Per recent conversations with the Corps, the final report EIS review is in DC and should be out for public comment come March or April with a 30 day review period. In addition, due to the controversial nature and overwhelming proposed cost of this project the ACOE has also been required, per Council of Environmental Quality’s interagency initiative to revise the Principles and Guidelines (P&G) in response to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, to perform an external peer review with independent scientists. It is expected this report will be out sometime early summer. While this document cannot be commented on by the public its availability to the public is crucial as this is one of the first projects undergoing this type of scrutiny. It would be our expectation that a permit decision would be decided upon sometime in late summer.