COASTAL SERVICES

 

With wetlands being lost every day and hurricanes arriving in force, the Gulf Coast is ground zero for coastal restoration. PEEC has been at the forefront of the movement to preserve the region’s wetlands, and we have successfully implemented unique solutions in a variety of storm-prone habitats.

 

• Marsh Creation
• Marsh Enhancement
• Marsh Protection
• Barrier Island Protection
• Levee System Design and Construction
• Levee System Upgrade and Repair
• Breakwater System Design and Construction
• Marsh Management


BENEFICIAL USE OF DREDGED MATERIAL PROTECTS SENSITIVE TIDAL ECOSYSTEM

PEEC designed and constructed a 230-acre marsh creation project in Galveston Bay. Our team of experts created 47 half-acre mounds of dredged material planted with vegetation and protected the mounds with breakwaters made of geo-tubes. Galveston Bay experiences high wave action every day, and in 2008 Hurricane Gustav sent a tidal surge through the area. Our project remained intact despite the storm, while adjacent, unprotected marsh areas were destroyed.

TERRACING PROJECT CREATES NEW MARSH

An open water area just south of Port Arthur, Texas, Bessie Heights was once the site of healthy wetlands. PEEC restored 100 acres of marsh in Bessie Heights using dredged material arranged in terraces. The project was built in 2002 and remains structurally sound, despite the wave action created by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike. We expect that the project will eventually build more than 200 acres of wetlands.

 

BREAKWATER SYSTEM PROTECTS COAST WHILE ALLOWING NATURAL ECOSySTEM FUCTION
PEEC designed a four mile long breakwater system for Grand Isle with a special overlapping design that allows tidal fluctuations to pass through. At the same time, the breakwaters protect the island from storm surge and help reduce erosion. The project was built in 1998 and is functioning as designed despite numerous hits from severe hurricanes.