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Sediment Placement, Before Hurricane Sandy, North and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

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Creation
2015-11-09

Citation

North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), Tracy Rice(Principal Investigator), 2015-11-09(creation), Sediment Placement, Before Hurricane Sandy, North and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Summary

The data are from the Sediment Placement Projects on Sandy Beaches in the U.S. Atlantic Coast Breeding Range of the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) prior to Hurricane Sandy.This dataset represents the approximate locations of sediment placement projects along the U.S. North Atlantic coast from Maine through Virginia prior to the time that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October 2012.The sediment placement projects were identified as part of an inventory of habitat modifications to sandy beach habitat within the U.S. Atlantic Coast breeding range of the federally-threatened piping plover. Sediment placement projects included in the inventory were beach nourishment projects, storm damage reduction projects, beneficial placement or [...]

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Purpose

This dataset represents beach fill before Hurricane Sandy from the Sediment Placement Projects on Sandy Beaches in the U.S. Atlantic Coast Breeding Range of the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) prior to Hurricane Sandy. Project data were identified from published literature, government reports and documents, permit applications, and the beach nourishment database of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University. Sediment placement project details were recorded for each state in Microsoft Excel and organized to eliminate overlapping project areas. Only ocean-facing shorelines or those directly exposed to Long Island Sound or the Peconic Estuary were included in this project area; inner harbors and bays were excluded, for a total length of sandy beaches of 1,915 miles from Maine to Virginia. Including previously reported data for North Carolina (see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 Comprehensive Conservation Strategy for the Piping Plover in its Coastal Migration and Wintering Range in the Continental United States), at least 18% of the sandy beaches in the U.S. Atlantic Coast breeding range of the piping plover were modified with sediment placement projects prior to Hurricane Sandy, with over 338 miles of sediment placement projects.

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