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Intracoastal Waterway - Florida Sea Grant

Intracoastal Waterway

and other Federal

Shallow Draft Inlets

Shelley Trulock

Project Manager

904-232-3292

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Navigation

900 miles of Inland Waterways

• 6 navigation locks

• Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) from Jacksonville

to Miami

• Okeechobee Waterway (OWW) connecting the Atlantic

Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico

• Parts of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW)

Harbors

• 17 Deep Draft Harbors

• 20 Shallow Draft Harbors

MAYPORT

PORT OF TAMPA

MIAMI HARBOR

PONCE INLET

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Jacksonville’s Responsibility

Kings Bay/Fernandina

Jacksonville Harbor

Authorized Projects

Aguadilla

Harbor

Mayaguez

Harbor

Deep Draft Harbors

Arecibo

Harbor

PUERTO RICO

Ponce

Harbor

La Esperanza

San Juan Harbor

Fajardo

Harbor

Vieques

Harbor

St. Petersburg Harbor

Tampa Harbor

GIWW

Horseshoe Cove

Suwannee River

Hernando Beach

Anclote River

Clearwater Pass

Johns Pass

Longboat Pass

New Pass

Manatee Harbor

Charlotte Harbor

OWW

Fort Myers Beach

Key West Harbor

Palm Valley Bridge

Ponce de Leon Inlet

St. Augustine Harbor

IWW Fernandina to Key West

Canaveral Harbor

Ft. Pierce Harbor

St. Lucie Inlet

Palm Beach Harbor

Pt. Everglades Harbor

Hillsboro Inlet

Miami River

Miami Harbor

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Jacksonville’s Responsibility

Intracoastal Waterway

GIWW

Ponce de Leon Inlet

St. Augustine Harbor

Shallow Draft Inlets

in Florida

Horseshoe Cove

Suwannee River

Hernando Beach

Anclote River

Clearwater Pass

Johns Pass

Longboat Pass

New Pass

St. Lucie Inlet

OWW

Fort Myers Beach

Hillsboro Inlet

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Today’s Budgetary Climate

= $

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What Happens to Shallow Draft

Inlets????

Shallow Draft Inlets Compete Nationally

with the Deep Draft Inlets for Federal

Funding.

Shallow Draft Inlets have little Commercial Tonnage

• Primarily used for Intra State Travel

• Primarily Recreational use

• Limited Commercial Fishing

• Huge boost to the State’s economy

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What Happens to Shallow Draft

• Although Shallow Draft Inlets Serve a Very

Important Role…

Shallow Draft Inlets have been ZEROED out of the

President’s Budget in 2012 and 2013

• All Maintenance Dredging Funding is going to Deep

Draft Projects

• No Earmarks

Inlets????

• How Do These Important Waterways

Receive Funding?

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• Establish Contributed Funds Agreements with

Non Federal Sponsors.

• Benefits to Utilizing the USACE

– DA Permit

– Procurement Tools

– Maintenance Dredging Expertise

• USACE’s Workplan

• Utilizes “Mini Pots” of Funding Set Aside by Congress

• Projects that are “shovel ready” move to the top

• Emergency Situations

• Post Storm

How Will Maintenance

Dredging Occur????

• Dangerous Shoaling Identified

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Funding Status

Intracoastal Waterway – CF and WP

Shallow Draft Inlets

in Florida

CF = Contributed Funds

WP = Work Plan

GIWW - WP

Horseshoe Cove

Suwannee River

Hernando Beach

Anclote River

Clearwater Pass - CF

Johns Pass

Longboat Pass

New Pass

Ponce de Leon Inlet – WP

St. Augustine Harbor

St. Lucie Inlet – WP

OWW - WP

Fort Myers Beach - WP

Hillsboro Inlet

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Intracoastal Waterway

• Intracoastal Waterway is an example of

how funding streams have changed.

• Past Years the IWW received Earmarks ranging from

$1M-$3M

• With this funding stream plus Contributed Funds we

could dredge 2 reaches per year

• IWW is fortunate to have a sponsor such as FIND

– Taxing authority

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Why is the IWW Important

for Florida?

• Intra State travel – 350 miles from

Jacksonville to Miami

• Jobs

• Recreation

• Tourism

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IWW Overview in

Jacksonville District

• Jacksonville, Fl (St. Johns River) to

Miami, Fl.

• 350 miles long

• 12’ deep x 125’ wide from Jacksonville, Fl south

to Fort Pierce, Fl

• 10’ deep x 125’ wide from Ft. Pierce, Fl south to

Miami, Fl

• Beneficial use of dredge material

– Beach quality sand is placed on local beaches

– Reduces cost of follow on beach renourishments

– Utilizes small businesses

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How are these Waterways

Dredged?

• Once funding is received, how is the

waterway dredged?

• Definition: Any of various machines

equipped with scooping or suction

devices and used to deepen harbors and

waterways and in underwater mining

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Dredging Process

• Background Information Obtained:

• Hydrographic survey

• National Environmental Policy Act

Documentation and Public Input process

• Dept of Environmental Protection Permit

• Develop Plans and Specifications

• Procure

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How are the Shallow Draft Inlets

Such as the IWW Dredged?

Mechanical Dredges = Clam Shell or Backhoe

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How are the Shallow Draft Inlets

Such as the IWW Dredged?

Hydraulic Dredges = Hopper or Pipeline Cutter Suction

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How are the Shallow Draft Inlets

Such as the IWW Dredged?

• Most Commonly Used

• Cutter Suction with Pipeline

• Beneficial Use

• Upland Placement

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Adapting to Today’s Climate…

• Continue pursuing non traditional means

of funding

• Show beneficial use and how it impacts

the overall system

• Be smart, use contracting tools wisely

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