2018 RED TIDE RESPONSE- PINELLAS COUNTY, FL
Lil Mo worked as a team with Pinellas County and DRC Emergency Services to clean up dead fish which were a result from a 1 million acre red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico. This bloom is caused by algae that produce toxins that kill aquatic life, make the surrounding air difficult to breathe and often turns the water red. Our crews efficiently removed over 3.6 million pounds of dead fish in a three month span, using a variety of equipment. Shrimp boats were used to scoop up the dead fish offshore before they hit the beaches and inland waterways. For the fish that made it to shore, as well as into the canals, we implemented skimmer boats and beach rakes. We successfully cleaned and maintained 45 miles of coastline, keeping the beaches suitable for visitors.
With the assistance of the United States Coast Guard, we were able to monitor the red tide plume’s movement by helicopter, coordinating with the Florida Wildlife Commission as to the migration and effect of the algae.
The Project was awarded the 2018 Environmental Project of the Year by the West Coast Branch of the American Public Works Association
2018 HURRICANE IRMA MARINE DEBRIS CLEANUP- MONROE COUNTY, FL
The Florida Keys were hit by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Irma was the most powerful Atlantic Hurricane in history and was a category 4 when it made landfall in the United States. This was the start of a multi-million dollar project to remove hurricane debris from 103 of the most impacted canals in the Keys. Our crew operated an excavator which was staged atop a barge, to remove debris in canals. The supporting efforts of this project included FEMA, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Monroe County’s consultant. Photo and credit to Monroe County, FL-Gov
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NEPTUNE MEMORIAL REEF-
KEY BISCAYNE, FL
This project was a concrete recreation of the "Lost City of Atlantis." It is situated 5.2 km (3.25 miles) off the coast of Florida, at Key Biscayne. Designed to be a haven for marine wildlife, opportune location for divers and an underwater memoria. Photo and content permission to use directly from the Neptune Memorial Reef website: SCI Shared Resources, LLC