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Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Restoration

Protecting vital natural habitats

  • 2

    Miles of Shoreline Restored

  • $40M

    Construction Value

  • Milton, Delaware

    Milton, Delaware

Finding resilience in the face of disaster

On the Delaware Bay, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge provides critical stopover sites for migratory birds and is a habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. The Refuge has been hit hard with disasters over the past decade—due to Hurricane Sandy, it recently underwent even more dramatic changes. To protect the habitat from future storms, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service asked us to help.

Our job was to evaluate the physical impact of Hurricane Sandy and recommend an estimate of sand volume needed to build a protective beach barrier system. We determined the sand volume by conducting a topographic and hydrographic survey of the Refuge, and then developed a hydrodynamic and salinity model. The results were used in conjunction with our coastal engineering analysis to recommend an alternative for modifying and managing the Refuge under the new environmental regime post-Sandy. The result? Approximately 1.1 million cubic yards of sand from an offshore borrow area needed to be placed along the shoreline, and a 40-foot-wide dune, 150-foot beach berm and back-bay marsh platform needed to be constructed.

Through our work in the Refuge, we’ve established vital systems that will give this critical habitat the strength it needs to endure, adapt, and thrive in the face of future storms.

Meet Our Team

Todd DeMunda, Associate, Senior Coastal Engineer

The future of coastal engineering is sustainability—we must design with a recognition and understanding of long-term changes and impacts.
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Brendan Player, Environmental Planner

My focus is utilizing environmental restoration and innovative sensor technology to help clients achieve their goals and objectives.

Matthew Starr, Associate, Southeast Coastal Team Lead

We live and work in the communities impacted by rising sea levels—the responsibility to sustain critical infrastructure is personal for us.
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Jeff Tabar, PE, D.CE, Senior Principal, Senior Coastal Engineer

We take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to coastal communities—it’s the key to our success and exceeding client expectations.
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Todd DeMunda

Associate, Senior Coastal Engineer

Brendan Player

Environmental Planner

Matthew Starr

Associate, Southeast Coastal Team Lead

Jeff Tabar, PE, D.CE

Senior Principal, Senior Coastal Engineer

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