RESULTS OF A 3-YEAR BEACH EROSION CONTROL PROJECT IN HILLSBORO BEACH, FLORIDA, UTILIZING PRESSURE EQUALIZING MODULES (PEM)

  • Kenneth W. Christensen
  • Frank J. Gable

Abstract

The patented PEM system is a passive beach dewatering technology consisting of hollow permeable tubes installed vertically into the beach in a grid pattern. The system requires no pumps or energy to operate. At Hillsboro Beach, Florida the system was installed for a 3-year period at a highly eroding part of the beach where the shoreline historically had lost 25.2 ft. (-7.7 m) in 3 years. By the end of the 3-year period the shoreline in the 1-mile PEM project area had advanced 26.9 ft. (8.2 m), erosion had stopped, and the PEM area had accreted from R-monument line to MHW, to -5ft NAVD, and to DOC without the control areas to the North and South being negatively affected.

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Published
2018-12-30
How to Cite
Christensen, K. W., & Gable, F. J. (2018). RESULTS OF A 3-YEAR BEACH EROSION CONTROL PROJECT IN HILLSBORO BEACH, FLORIDA, UTILIZING PRESSURE EQUALIZING MODULES (PEM). Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 1(36), papers.25. https://doi.org/10.9753/icce.v36.papers.25