ERC Soil Scientists performed auger excavations to describe the existing soil conditions and determine the depth to high water table within proposed creation areas prior to transplantation of black needlerush (Juncus roemerianus) and cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora).
In addition, a survey of the ground elevation in the adjacent tidal marsh was conducted to compare the high water table depth. The data was used to determine the depth of excavation for the creation areas.
After excavation of the upland area, the path of a small tidal creek was flagged and excavated. ERC Ecologists salvaged all vegetative material from the adjacent marsh including Juncus roemarianus and Spartina alterniflora and planted it in the newly created wetland areas.
ERC has monitored the site and the mitigation was successful. The mitigation offset impacts associated with a coastal development that ERC permitted with the state and federal regulatory agencies.
The St. Joe Company
Gulf County, Florida
2 (+/-) Acres
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