The proposed Sand Bypass Project exemplifies a long-term strategy for regional resilience in Southeast Florida, with substantial physical, economic, and environmental benefits to the Broward County Federal Shore Protection Project and Port Everglades Federal Navigation Channel. The Sand Bypass Project will aid in serving as a supplemental sand source for the Broward County Segment III Shore Protection Project, which will provide for an economical, local source of sand in a county where local sources necessary for continued beach restoration and maintenance are nearly depleted. Implementation of the proposed Sand Bypass Project will:
- Increase the resilience of critical natural resources and existing infrastructure;
- Reduce the impacts of Port Everglades to the shorelines south of the inlet;
- Provide a sustainable beach compatible sand source for the highly erosional shorelines south of the inlet -- Segment III of the Broward County Federal Shore Protection Project;
- Fortify and sustain storm protection for critical infrastructure and valuable property including the US Coast Guard Station, port facilities and over $345 million in property;
- Reduce shoaling in the Federal navigation channel;
- Preserve habitat and nesting areas for three endangered and four threatened species in one of the most highly developed urban areas in the state;
- Maintain opportunity for public outdoor recreation at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, serving over half a million residents and visitors annually;
• Provide the most environmentally-sensitive approach to beach management in an area of rich coastal and nearshore reef resources.
The sand bypass project is currently in the Federal permitting process, with work being completed to address resource agencies request’s for additional information. The State permit was issued by the Department of Environmental Protection in January 2017. The County is currently working through environmental conditions related to monitoring of ESA-listed corals in order to obtain the Federal permit. Based upon discussions with the Federal agencies, Federal permit consultant may not be complete until late 2019, with construction estimated for summer 2021.