Coral Restoration and Monitoring Program
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To whom it may concern:
Vone Research heard from local dive boat captains ( see attached emails) that sand from the recent beach renourishment project in Boca Raton was moving offshore and impacting live reef. On 4/25, we took our crew and the R/V Vone to visit the site at the south end of the renourishment area.
This is what we found:
- A large amount of sediment covers the reefs in this area.
- It appears that the sand is shifting north and east and beginning to cover the reefs.
- We were told that there was a ledge on the west side of the reef. If there was, it was completely covered.
- The sand depth on top of live rock varies from 1/8" to well over a foot.
Vone Research will be back on site on Sunday May 2,2004 to resume monitoring of the situation.
Vone Research, Inc.
Sand cascading seaward and over the top of a reef in 36 feet of water at 26 20.297 N 080 03.868 W Gray material is sand moving seaward.