Federal Navigation Project Mitigation


Location: St. Mary’s Entrance, FL; Port Canaveral Harbor, FL; Beaufort Inlet, NC; Charleston Harbor, SC; Wilmington Harbor, NC; Savannah River, GA

Client: Local Counties or Municipalities

Tasks: Impact Analysis, Modeling, Technical Representation, Expert Witness Testimony


For almost four decades, firm professionals have been proactively involved with the constructive resolution of long standing mitigation issues associated with federally constructed and maintained navigation projects throughout the southeast.  Mechanisms for shoreline mitigation damage experienced by downdrift cities or towns, counties, or resort communities have included Section 1-11 of the River and Harbor Act of 1968, an inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Permit Conditions derived from CZM Consistency Determinations, and others.  Virtually all of the projects have involved long-term (multi-decadal) disputes between the federal government and local interests that could only be eventually resolved through state-of-the-art numerical modeling and sediment budget applications necessary for equitable technical and operational decisions or solutions.  Several have involved litigation, however, all have necessitated prudent and common sense coastal engineering experience and judgment.  In 2010, the firm's long-time involvement with Canaveral Harbor, Florida resulted in 100% federal cost-share for beach restoration along 9.6 miles of shoreline in Brevard County.

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