Back Bay Feasibility Study with the Army Corps of Engineers

The objectives of the study include (1) reduce flooding caused by coastal storms, extreme high tides, and future projected sea level rise in the study area; (2) explore opportunities to increase community resiliency from future coastal storms. Issues that are anticipated include concern for aesthetics, cultural resources, recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, wetlands, fish and wildlife resources, threatened and endangered species, and water quality. CSRM measures to be evaluated may include a combination of structural (i.e., tidal gates, seawalls, revetments, levees, drainage improvements, building elevation, etc.), non-structural (i.e., relocation, buyouts, etc.), and natural and nature-based features (i.e., living shorelines, vegetated features, oyster reefs, and maritime forests). 

    Back Bay Signing Ceremony January 9th, 2023Commissioner Garris, Vice Mayor Horvath, Colonel James Booth (Jacksonville District)From L to R:  Commissioner Garris, Vice Mayor Horvath, Colonel James Booth (Jacksonville District Commander, United States Army Corps of Engineers), Commissioner Springfield, Mayor Sikes-Kline, Commissioner Blonder, Chris Miller (District Director, U.S. Representative John Rutherford (FL-04)

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                                                Coastal Storm Risk Management Back Bay Feasibility Study Resources

October 4, 2023 Public Workshop Recording

Public Workshop Recording

USACE Jacksonville hosts charrette, public scoping meeting for St. Augustine Back Bay CSRM Feasibility Study

Jacksonville District biologist Katie Lebow (left) and environmental branch chief Gretchen Ehlinger

Army Corps Back Bay Feasibility Study Public Meeting February 22, 2023

Army Corps Back Bay Feasibility Study Public Meeting February 22, 2023

USACOE Back Bay Feasibility Study Poster (PDF)


City of St Augustine Feasibility Study Fact Sheet (PDF)

Back Bay Fact Sheet (Updated 11.15-ARPA)_Page_1

Watch video recording of January 9, 2023 Feasibility Study signing ceremony here:

Back Bay Signing

March 23, 2022 Resiliency Workshop

3.28.2022 Resilency Workshop USACOE

May 8, 2018 Resiliency Strategy Workshop (PDF)

Resilience Presentation