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BOEM, Jacksonville and U.S. Army Corps Sign Agreement for Shore Protection Project Along Duval County Beaches

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Posted on April 18, 2016

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with the City of Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing them to dredge nearly 1.4 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters for periodic renourishment of the Duval County shoreline. The shore protection project, using sand from the seafloor of the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), will restore a 10-mile stretch of coast between the St. Johns River entrance and the Duval County/St. Johns County boundary along the Atlantic Ocean. Dredging is expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

“BOEM is pleased to support the City of Jacksonville with this restoration project,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper. “Local communities and wildlife will benefit as the renourishment with OCS sand helps to reduce coastal erosion, limit deterioration of sea turtle and shorebird nesting habitat, and reduce the likelihood and frequency of increased property and storm damage along the coastline,” Hopper said.


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