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Title: Two years of post-project monitoring of a navigation solution in a dynamic coastal environment, Smith Island, Maryland
Authors: Seiple, Jacqueline A.
Santiago, Luis E.
Spaur, Christopher C.
Altman, Safra.
Balazik, Matthew T.
Laczo, Thomas D.
Mensah, Daniel O.
Amarasingha, Warunika G.
Payson, Andrew W.
Szimanski, Danielle M.
Keywords: Aquatic plants
Channels (Hydraulic engineering)
Chesapeake Bay (Md. And Va.)
Coastal engineering
Dredging spoil
Rhodes Point (Md.)
Salt marshes
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/EL TR-22-5
Abstract: In 2018, jetties and a sill were constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers adjacent to the Sheep Pen Gut Federal Channel at Rhodes Point, Smith Island, Maryland. These navigation improvements were constructed under Section 107 of the Continuing Authorities Program. Material dredged for construction of the structures and realignment of the channel were used to restore degraded marsh. Following construction and dredging, 2 years of monitoring were performed to evaluate the performance of navigation improvements with respect to the prevention of shoaling within the channel, shoreline changes, and impacts to submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Technical Report ERDC/CHL TR-20-14 describes the first year of post-project monitoring and the methodologies employed. This report describes conclusions derived from 2 years of monitoring. While the navigation improvements are largely preventing the channel from infilling, shoaling within is occurring at rates higher than expected. The placement site appears stable and accreting landward; however, there continues to be erosion along the shoreline and through the gaps in the breakwaters. SAV monitoring indicates that SAV is not present in the project footprint, even though turbidity is comparable to the reference area. Physical disturbance of the bottom sediment during construction may explain SAV absence.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/EL TR-22-5
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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