2013-2014 Maintenance Dredging Project Update
Designed and maintained as a federal inlet by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the St. Lucie Inlet is an important conduit between the inland Intracoastal and Okeechobee Waterways and the Atlantic Ocean. The Inlet’s impoundment basin was designed to accommodate a 3 to 4 year maintenance dredging interval and has performed well safeguarding navigation; however an active storm season in 2012 accelerated filling of the impoundment basin. The impoundment basin was dredged in 2012; estimates indicate the impoundment basin has exceeded 50% capacity due to the passage of TS Isaac, Hurricane Sandy and severe nor’easters later that year. (For the August Survey Click Here) The upcoming project is well timed to maintain safe navigation through the inlet. Environmental restrictions limit these maintenance activities to a November 1st– April 30th, construction window. Although additional sea turtle protection measures are required after March 1st.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the St. Lucie Inlet Maintenance dredging contract to Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting. The contract amount is $6,465,600.00 for the removal of 200,000 cubic yards of material from the St. Lucie Inlet by February 20, 2014. The County issued a contract to Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting on February 25th, 2014 in the amount of $4,489,500.00 to dredge an additional 150,000 cubic yards of material.
Dredge AJ Fournier -arrived in Stuart November 17, 2013
The Barge Unloader Bean 20 arrived in Stuart October 28, 2013
Dredging began on November 18, 2013
315,000 cubic yard of material has been dredged from the inlet to date
7,400 feet of beach has been renourished to date
For the current location of where work is being conducted on the BEACH please CLICK HERE.
For the current location of the DREDGE in the inlet please CLICK HERE.
For the pipeline and equipment layout of the Pecks Lake area please Cick Here.
For a map of the barge navigation path Click Here.
For a layout of where work will be going on in the inlet please Click Here.