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Shoreline Restoration at North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

Shoreline stabilization projects along the North Fork have been associated with the three breaches at Site 5 and the oxbow reconnection on SFWMD Strazulla Tract. Stabilization of the berm breaches at Site 5 entailed lining the two creek-like breaches with rip rap (on filter cloth at the toe of the slope) and reducing the slope of the adjacent shoreline. Red mangrove and leather fern were planted in the rip rap. Emergent vegetation, including swamp lily, leather fern, and arrowhead, were interspersed in the intertidal zone. The adjacent shorelines were lined with jute and planted with red maple, wild coffee, marlberry, white stopper, and Spartina bakeri.

A turbidity screen has been in place to protect the emergent vegetation since 2004. The stability of the shoreline is increasing and the turbidity screens will be removed during spring 2009. No rip rap was needed at the culvert but the adjacent shoreline was enhanced in the same manner as the shoreline adjacent to the stream-like breaches. Rip rap and native plantings, such as leather fern and swamp lily, were used to stabilize the shoreline along the oxbow reconnection.

Map of hydrologic restoration projects

Completed Hydrologic Restoration Projects at North Fork St. Lucie Aquatic Preserve

No additional shoreline stabilization has been completed since the stabilization of the floodplain reconnection sites north of Prima Vista Boulevard and on the SFWMD Strazulla Tract. Preserve staff will continue to photodocument the stabilization of these sites, identify other locations in need of stabilization and form partners to complete additional stabilization projects. Suitable submerged and emergent vegetation will be included in the planting plans for future stabilization projects.










Last updated: April 06, 2015

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