Installation of the living shoreline reef near the Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. (NCDOT)
CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) has been contracted by the State of North Carolina Department of Transportation to conduct seagrass mitigation in anticipation of unavoidable impacts related to the Bonner Bridge construction project. The Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet on the North Carolina northern outer banks is a lifeline for tourism and tropical storm evacuation of the region but has reached its engineering limits and is currently under construction. The least impact associated with the new bridge alignment still requires recovery of at least 1.28 acres of highly productive seagrasses (eelgrass, Zostera marina and shoal grass, Halodule wrightii).