The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District held a series of scoping meetings to discuss the Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project – Alternative Sand Source Investigation and give all interested individuals, groups and agencies an opportunity to provide input. The Town of Palm Beach Meeting was on August 13.
Miami-Dade County is currently depleting all dependable, economical, and environmentally practicable offshore sand sources. Studies have been underway to identify alternative sand sources. In addition to non-domestic sources, the studies included domestic sources such as upland sources, sources in deeper offshore waters, and sources offshore of southeast Florida in federal and state waters.
A 2009 Regional Sediment Management Plan for southeast Florida indicated there was just enough domestic offshore sand in the region to support federal and non-federal projects for 50 years. In 2012, a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the five southeast Florida Counties, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) sought to update the 2009 report with improved data. The FDEP lead the study effort with technical input from the Corps, and data provided by southeast Florida counties. Each county determined its sand need for federal and non-federal nourishment projects over the next 50 years.
The Sand Study Results show that Palm Beach County has plenty of offshore sand for its beaches for more than 50 years.
SAND Study Report: Southeast Florida Sediment Assessment and Needs Determination
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE 314 page PDF)