Accession Number:

ADA454089

Title:

Assessment of Shore Protection Project Performance Following the 2004 Hurricane Season

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS COASTAL AND HYDRAULICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

During the 2004 hurricane season, four hurricanes made landfall within the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers USACE South Atlantic Division. The season was extraordinary considering that these multiple storms were geographically clustered over a 6-week time frame. Hurricane Charley made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida on August 13, 2004. Hurricane Ivan made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, on September 16, 2004. Hurricane Frances came ashore on the central east coast of Florida on September 5, 2004 and was followed by Hurricane Jeanne on September 25, 2004 with a nearly identical point of landfall. Cumulatively, these storms caused varying degrees of wind, wave, inundation and erosion damage in the vicinity of numerous Federal and non-Federal shore protection projects. The Military Construction Appropriations and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Public Law 108-324 was passed in response to these unusual occurrences. It authorized an assessment of shore protection project performance and provided emergency supplemental funds to both the Construction, General and Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Program accounts for emergency repairs to flood control and Federally authorized shore protection projects. The assessment of project performance, known as the Shore Protection Project Performance Improvement Initiative S3P2I, is an 11 million program to evaluate the full spectrum of project performance including economic, environmental, physical response, and social effects. The programs mandate is evaluation of performance, not policy, although it supports companion USACE efforts to clearly define the Federal role in coastal management, including shore protection, with a focus on improving frameworks for project formulation, design, and decision support.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE