Sawfish Bay Marine Restoration
The Sawfish Bay Marine Restoration project is a five-phase multi-year initiative to install a living shoreline, restore marine habitat including installation of artificial reef modules, promote seagrass and oyster growth, contribute to the recovery of threatened and endangered species, improve water quality, and enhance resiliency of approximately 7,000 total linear feet of shoreline spanning over 30 acres of water. The transformative nature-based approach to this project accounts for the history of the area dating back thousands of years to the original hydrologic system, in an effort to bring balance back towards the natural ecosystem through analysis and understanding of the hydromorphology of the area. Numerous studies and data sources indicate that this area has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years as evidenced by large shell middens throughout the greater Jupiter Inlet area. Historical accounts from pioneer days described the middens as containing fish bones in addition to the shells of oysters and other mollusks, thus demonstrating the area once had a rich and diverse fisheries and marine habitats.
The marine restoration of Sawfish Bay is an ideal location for enhancing the larger aquatic preserve since the bay area is buffered from busy marine traffic of the ICW by the Town’s Sawfish Bay Park on the west and on the east by approximately 20 acres of publicly owned islands, making for a protected estuarine sanctuary. The surrounding lands are owned and managed by the Town of Jupiter, Florida Inland Navigation District, and Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resource Management. The Town of Jupiter and its partners seek to restore as much of the natural ecosystem as possible, as evidenced by statements in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, Town Council’s strategic priorities, and the mission statements and management plans of partnering entities. In addition to the habitat and resiliency benefits this project will produce, it is expected that the improved fishery will help the underserved community population of Jupiter, as the park is within walking and bicycling distance for many of the Town’s lower-income residents who already visit the park for subsistence fishing purposes.
Phase Events - Sawfish Bay Park, 1133 Alternate A1A, Jupiter, FL
|Phase 2 Summer 2023||Phase 2 TBA||Installation of the remaining portions of the living shoreline in the old marina basin with additional sections of riprap, artificial reef modules of varying sizes, and mangrove pod plantings.|
|Phase 3 TBA||Phase 3 TBA||Installation of a flushing culvert in the southern corner of the old marina basin and installation of riprap, artificial reef modules of varying sizes, and mangrove plantings along the remainder of the seawall north of the marina basin.|