Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project

Project Description


The purpose of this project is to design a shoreline protection and restoration project to implement early restoration for natural resources impacted from the 2010 BP-Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. This project will create and restore approximately nineteen (18.8) acres of salt marsh habitat and four (4) acres oyster reefs on City of Pensacola-owned submerged lands. 

The proposed living shorelines project is located in Escambia County along an urban shoreline of Pensacola Bay. This shoreline has been the location of previous successful living shorelines projects that have restored oyster reef, salt marsh, and seagrass habitat, which are all important habitats that contribute to shoreline protection. This project consists of implementing living shorelines techniques (construction of breakwaters and creation of salt marsh) at two (2) neighboring sites, Project GreenShores (PGS) Site II and Sanders Beach. PGS Site II is located immediately west of Muscogee Wharf in downtown Pensacola and will complete the construction of the third breakwater structure at this site. The Sanders Beach site is three (3) miles to the west, near the mouth of Bayou Chico. Breakwaters will be constructed at both sites to protect the created salt marsh habitat and to promote reef development for bivalves and other invertebrates. The specific breakwater elevation and technique design will be selected to maximize salt marsh protection and meet state regulatory requirements. 

As a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, benthic secondary productivity and salt marsh habitats along Florida’s Panhandle suffered adverse impacts. This proposed living shoreline project seeks to foster reef development and salt marsh habitat by constructing breakwaters and planting salt marsh vegetation. Florida is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration on the proposed Florida Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project. The project consists of implementing living shoreline techniques at two neighboring sites, Project GreenShores (PGS) Site II and Sanders Beach, both located in Escambia County. Living shorelines protect and stabilize coastline while creating new habitat for fish, oysters, and birds at the same time. PGS Site II is located immediately west of Muscogee Wharf in downtown Pensacola and would complete the construction of the third breakwater structure at this site. The Sanders Beach site is three miles to the west, near the mouth of Bayou Chico. The Sanders Beach site project design is in the conceptual phase but the intention is to expand on the successful Project GreenShores effort by implementing similar design and restoration techniques. Breakwaters would be constructed at both sites to protect the embayment and the created salt marsh habitat. This project would create and restore approximately 18.8 acres of salt marsh habitat and four acres of reefs would be constructed. 

Current Status


Phase I pre-design investigation studies and coastal modeling has been completed. Additional field investigation studies will be conducted to evaluate potential submerged cultural resources identified within the project site and to provide information needed for development of a detailed conceptual project design.

Scheduled Meetings


No Meetings Scheduled at this Time.

Next Milestone


Completion of cultural resources field investigations (Summer 2016)

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AT-A-GLANCE
$10.8 Million
Total Estimated Cost

18.8 Acres
Approximate salt marsh habitat restored

Summer 2018
Estimated Completion Date
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Laurie Rounds
Marine Habitat Resource Specialist

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