Broward County’s Coastal Dune Restoration Grant Program assists coastal property owners to create, restore, or enhance sand dunes along their residences. Vegetated dunes trap sand and act as a natural barrier against storms and waves protecting property and the environment by lowering the impacts of erosion and flooding. Beaches with vegetated dunes are resilient and perform better during storms than beaches without dunes.
Broward County has 24 miles of beautiful beaches. In 2005-2006, 6.8 miles underwent renourishment to widen the beaches that had been eroded by storms and wave action. Engineering work is just now beginning for nourishment of the beach between Hillsboro Inlet and Port Everglades.
The natural and artificial reefs of Broward County make the marine environment a mecca for scuba divers. The natural reefs off Broward County consist of three parallel reef tracts that extend the length of the County. Additionally, the Artificial Reef Program has deployed dozens of artificial reefs from limestone boulders to large ships.
During the winter months, Broward County's manatee population can reach over 900 of the slow-moving gentle giants. Manatees move south during the cold season to seek refuge in the warm water effluents of the Lauderdale and Port Everglades Power Plants.
Broward County's reef tracts have 122 mooring buoys installed over six locations to allow boaters to enjoy the marine environment without damaging the reefs by anchoring. The reef is critical habitat for the threatened staghorn and elkhorn corals and mooring buoys are an essential part of the conservation measures.
Well over 1,500 threatened and endangered sea turtles nests are deposited on Broward County's beaches during the nesting/hatching season (March 1 - Oct. 31). Each sea turtle can nest 3-5 times per season with each nest containing over 100 eggs.
Each year the Beach and Marine Section, in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy, coordinates the International Coastal Cleanup at 13 sites along the County's shoreline.