Watch it Grow!
The Joe Rains Beach is open to the public! Visit this pocket park at the end of 8th Street in Cedar Key, Florida.
Idea was Born
Mr. Bill Delaino and residents of the Tyree Canal discuss the idea of a canal realignment and living shoreline with Dr. Mark Clark of UF's Soil and Water Science Department
Planning and Permitting
Dr. Clark and team collect baseline information and apply to the state and federal governments for permits.
Along with students from the University of Florida, Dr. Clark and team install a small pilot living shoreline as a test.
After a long wait, the permits for the project are issued and construction of the project can begin!
Realignment of the Tyree Canal provides sand to raise the elevation for the living shoreline and improve access, flushing, and water quality for clam operations in the canal.
First Marsh Planting
UF students from the Salty Gators Fishing Club came out to plant the first marsh plants at the Joe Rains Living Shoreline.
More Marsh Planting
The UF Wetlands Club and other UF students come out for a two-day planting event to install more marsh plants.
Throughout the duration of the project, elevation, plant survival, and water quality are being monitored by Dr. Clark and his interns.
Watch it Grow
The living shoreline site is doing well - the high and low marsh is filling in and oysters are recruiting onto the bags of clam shell. Stop by Joe Rains Beach (at the end of 8th Street in Cedar Key) to check it out for yourself!