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Third year beach monitoring project in motion

By Staff | May 10, 2017

On Monday, the Captiva Erosion Prevention District began its third year beach monitoring project. The beach nourishment project was completed on Dec. 26, 2013. After it’s completion, CEPD conducts a physical monitoring survey annually for three years. This will be the last survey until 2022 unless an unforeseen circumstance takes place.

The second beach monitoring project took place on June 20, 2016. Kathy Rooker, administrator of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, said she was very pleased with the results.

“We have done the on-going beach nourishment projects island wide since 1988. We do them every 8-10 years. Since 1988, we have placed approximately 4.4 million cubic yards of sand on the island and of that, the last survey that we did shows that approximately 2.8 million cubic yards remains today,” Rooker said.

In simpler terms, 63 percent of the sand remains intact to this very day.

“That’s a good finding,” she said.

Rooker said that design improvements are made with each project.

“The monitoring seems to show that these designs are achieving the objectives we want,” she said. “The objectives that we have is that we want to address the background erosion as traditional hotspots and that’s what we’re doing.”

The survey boat will be in the water for approximately one week and will have no affect on beachgoers. The survey, which is conducted by CB&I Coastal Planning & Engineering, began in Captiva and will extend to Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel. The project will be monitoring the beach width and the volume of sand.

“What they’ll do is they’ll compare it with all our other projects going back to 1988. There’s a lot of work to be done. It’ll take several months to do all of that work and then the engineers will be back in the fall with the report for the board and they will also submit their report to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,” Rooker said.