[Coral-List] Best practices for monitoring sedimentation rates

Walczak, Joanna Joanna.Walczak at dep.state.fl.us
Wed Nov 14 10:48:23 EST 2007

In response to the request for information on the affects of coastal
construction on nearby coral reefs:


The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Maritime Industry and
Coastal Construction Impacts (MICCI) Team has produced a document that may be
of interest to you.


MICCI Project 3: A Study to Identify & Evaluate Existing and Emerging
Innovative Technologies for Coastal Construction Final Report.

This study examined existing and emerging innovative coastal construction
activities such as dredge and fill, infrastructure placement, beach
nourishment and shoreline stabilization, as well as reviewed current permit
and regulation requirements. The research was enhanced via a two-day
invitational workshop of representatives of the coastal construction
industry, coastal engineering firms, regulatory agencies, environmental
agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. The final
deliverable, a workshop proceeding, provides environmental managers,
regulators, stakeholders and the coastal engineering and construction
industries a process to review, discuss, and recommend advances and
modifications of existing and emerging technologies that reduce or eliminate
impacts to coral reefs.


Additionally, the MICCI team is currently developing:


MICCI Project 6: Development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for
construction, dredge and fill and other activities around coral reefs.

The goal of this project is to develop a document of the best management
practices or methods, for constructing, managing, and monitoring coastal
construction projects that impact, or could impact coral reefs. Examples of
potentially damaging coastal construction projects are dredging, beach
renourishment, blasting, or the installation of pipes and cables. The
document is meant to serve as a guide for coastal construction engineers and
firms, environmental managers, planners, regulators and resource users in the
coastal construction industry.  It is hoped that by creating a "Best
Management Practices" guidelines document, impacts to coral reefs will be
reduced or eliminated. The project started in January 2007 a workshop was
held July 16th, 2007, and the final document will be complete early December



The MICCI Project 3 report and all other SEFCRI products can downloaded for
free from: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/reports/


For more information on SEFCRI see:




If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.


Thank you, 




Joanna C. Walczak

Coral Reef Conservation Program Coordinator/

MICCI Program Coordinator

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Phone: 305-795-2111




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From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Leigh
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 9:48 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] Best practices for monitoring sedimentation rates


Good morning,


I am in the process of seeking information on the affects of coastal

construction on nearby reefs.  In particular I am interested in procuring

information on the best practices for monitoring reef sedimentation rates.

Any direction on where to source this information would be most useful


Leigh Weatherhead


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