Federal law requires the Secretary of Army to inspect the Intracoastal

Federal law requires the Secretary of the Army to make a physical inspection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at least annually and report his or her findings to Congress.

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The author has attended at least six inspections of the Florida portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  One of the more esoteric briefings was the replacement of mangrove shoots in the fast-moving current of the Jupiter Inlet at Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County.  Engineers had devised a method of inserting hundreds of young mangrove shoots encased in PVC piping in the Inlet.  Several years later, we observed that these shoots had taken hold in the inlet and that they appeared to be thriving.

Other briefings have included plans on restoring the original flows of the Everglades south to the tip of the Florida peninsula, as well as the installation of recreational areas, including a natural aquatic pool for the observation of marine life on Peanut Island at Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet in the Waterway and cleanup of the bottom land of the Miami River utilizing performance specifications requiring the bidder to provide both the price and the method to be used in cleanup.

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