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United States : Asphalt Removal Project Completed at Santa Rosa Area.

Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announce completion of year two of the beach enhancement and asphalt removal project, an effort that began at Santa Rosa in September 2017. Approximately 1,400 cubic yards of asphalt fragments and road base material were removed from just over 200 acres of the Santa Rosa Area. Onsite work wrapped up on February 28 in time for shorebird nesting season.

The Santa Rosa cleanup is part of a much larger five year project, which includes the Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa and Perdido Key Areas of the park. Throughout each area, asphalt pieces ranging from the size of large slabs to as small as a quarter of an inch in diameter, and other road base materials will be removed. The project allows work to be performed only while shorebirds and sea turtles are not nesting, and it also includes replanting vegetation in areas damaged during the asphalt removal process. This will limit the impact of the removal activities on the parks natural resources.

We are excited to see the significant improvements in the parks appearance as a result of this work, says Superintendent Dan Brown. Roadway debris has accumulated for more than 20 years following hurricanes and storms that destroyed and scattered portions of the parks asphalt roads. The Beach Enhancement and Asphalt Removal project is funded as a Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration project to compensate the public for the injuries to recreational use of the national seashore caused during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Publication:Mena Report
Date:Mar 3, 2018
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