Pensacola Bay Unpaved Roads Initiative (Planning & Design)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Water Quality Restoration and Maintenance
The project will collect information that will be helpful to improving water quality in the Pensacola Bay watershed. The project will include assessing and identifying unpaved stream crossings contributing the largest sediment loads to the watershed, and to develop 30% design plans of site-specific solutions at a minimum of 15 priority locations to eliminate or reduce sediment loading to water resources and associated habitat. The 15 locations will be the highest prioritized sites based on a larger number of sites assessed. This project will build on work completed through a similar project in the Choctawhatchee Bay watershed. Specifically, the project includes: • Compilation and inventory of unpaved roads, stream crossings, and proximity sites in the Pensacola Bay watershed; • Evaluation and modeling of unpaved roads including geodatabase/GIS development; • Preliminary prioritization of sites where unpaved roads are negatively affecting the Pensacola Bay watershed using the US Fish and Wildlife Service Sediment Risk Index (SRI); • Sediment transport modeling; • Monitoring and field reconnaissance; • Development of 30% design plans and final prioritization of sites.
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