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MIAMI — The large-scale dredging of Miami’s port to accommodate the newest generation of freighters, an undertaking that prompted a long-running battle with environmentalists, caused widespread damage to a portion of the area’s fragile and already distressed coral reef, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


MiamiDredgeCoral damageThe report, based on a December survey undertaken by scientists for the agency’s National Marine Fisheries Service, found that as much as 81 percent of the reef near the dredging site was buried in sediment, and an Army Corps of Engineers contractor report from August shows up to 93 percent partial coral death because of sediment, despite a plan by the Corps to minimize the damage.

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The study is of interest to local groups in the Palm Beaches because of the planned but stalled deepening and widening of the Lake Worth Inlet and Lagoon for the Port of Palm Beach.

Groups like the Civic Association, Town of Palm Beach, and the Save Our Inlet Coalition have opposed the deepening and widening of our inlet and Intracoastal because of the potential environmental damage.