Surrounding bridge work platforms with barriers to keep falling construction debris out of the water...Using explosives only in dewatered "coffer dams" (containers in a body of water to keep water out of a construction area)...Delaying construction until after the mating season or life cycle of the species. These are the kinds of protective measures the Georgia Department of Transportation routinely puts into contracts for projects in water environments. The measures have paid off again and again, protecting manatees near coastal-area projects and numerous threatened and endangered fish species in North Georgia and elsewhere in the state.
--Apr 25, 2003
|South Florida Water Management District photo|