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This project will employ living shoreline techniques that utilize natural and/or artificial breakwater material to reduce shoreline erosion and provide habitat off Eastpoint, Florida (Franklin County). This area has been the location of previous successful living shoreline projects that contribute to shoreline protection. Combining these objectives, this project will create breakwaters to reduce wave energy, increase benthic secondary productivity, and create salt marsh habitat. The anticipated completion date of the reef and planting is spring 2017, with post-construction monitoring of shoreline characteristics, and plant and animal communities to follow.
The living shoreline will be constructed at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve's headquarters in Eastpoint. This area has been the location of previous successful living shoreline projects that contribute to shoreline protection, limit erosion and restore salt marsh (see Cat Point 2012 and Millender Park 2003 projects). The project will add appoximately 1 acre of salt marsh habitat (primarily Spartina spp.) behind nearly 1,000 ft of new oyster reef breakwater.
Funding for this project was through NOAA's Natural Resource Damage Assessment. Coordination for this project is by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- Pearce Barrett, NRDA Project Coordinator
- (850) 245-2106