PortMiami (Credit: Michele Testini, via Flickr)
An environmental management company has been contracted to ensure the health of the Miami harbor during its expansion, according to a Dredging Today article.
Tetra Tech will be awarded a $20 million contract to maintain environmental oversight over the harbor expansion. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will perform the dredging and provide construction oversight for the project.
Scientists from Tetra Tech will monitor water quality parameters, relocate coral and sea grass and construct artificial reefs.
Miami officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to deepen PortMiami to account for the expansion of the Panama Canal. The projected starts this August and should be complete by the scheduled 2015 reopening of the expanded Panama Canal.
Image: PortMiami (Credit: Michele Testini, via Flickr)