Weiler Engineering Corporation (WEC) was contracted by Charlotte County, Florida, to conduct an environmental/hydrologic study providing complete design, permitting and construction administration including ecological/environmental monitoring. The South Gulf Cove/Butterford Breach feasibility study and repair project included removing a spoil berm and filling in a drainage ditch which caused a breach that had been constructed over 60 years ago within the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve. Various alternatives were considered prior to making a recommendation, with the final recommendation based on reduced permitting hurdles and full project costs.
Adaptive Management techniques were incorporated in the success criteria. WEC’s staff environmental scientist / wetlands ecologist, worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve Park Biologist throughout the construction of this major improvement project. Weiler Engineering was also appointed by the FDEP as the ecologist responsible for monitoring the construction activities, recently completing our yearly inspection on this project.