Pinnacles’ experienced scientists and project managers are able to provide excellent project management and oversight services to our clients. Pinnacle focuses on environmental due diligence, feasibility and risk assessment studies to identify potential short and long term risks associated with port dredging and related coastal development.
It’s often difficult to fit into our busy schedules, but so important to make time for safety training. CPR/First Aid training is typically required every 1 to 2 years. With frequent practice, this knowledge becomes second nature and skills become muscle memory. Eight years ago, we established a Rescue Diver training program which we offer every year similarly to CPR/First Aid training.
PINNACLE IS RECOGNIZED
throughout the industry as experts in the field of marine environmental science, implementing sound scientific methodology, and producing exemplary scientific reports which help to streamline the environmental permit process from concept through completion to avoid potential impacts and maintain project schedules.
Additionally, Pinnacle provides reasonable, cost effective solutions for avoidance and/or minimizing irreversible environmental impacts that may affect water quality, fishing, tourism and resource health.
PORT EVERGLADES DREDGING & CORAL RELOCATION
Pinnacle staff worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to survey and relocate corals from the Port Everglades turning notch from 2017-2019. Over 1,000 corals have been successfully relocated to an artificial reef off of Dania Beach.
HILLSBOROUGH BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT
Pinnacle Ecological, Inc. (Pinnacle) was contracted as the environmental science consultant to conduct Biological Monitoring associated with the Beach Nourishment Project at Hillsboro Beach and Deerfield Beach, Florida. The objective of biological monitoring was to assess the general performance of the 2015 beach fill project, identify any adverse effects that may occur to nearshore hardbottom habitat as a result of the project, and identify the need for adjustments, modifications or mitigative responses that may be required to avoid or further project related impacts.
ISLAMORADA SEAGRASS MITIGATION
Pinnacle Ecological, Inc. was contracted as the environmental consultant to assess the impact of a prop scar offshore Islamorada. After the assessment, the scientists at Pinnacle created a plan for seagrass restoration with bird stakes and burlap sacks in order to facilitate regrowth in the scar area. The original impact assessment was 2016, restoration began in 2017, and post restoration monitoring is done to make sure the project is meeting the success criteria.
HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH SEAGRASS MONITORING SURVEY
Pinnacle Ecological, Inc. conducted a seagrass assessment survey at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (Park) in Broward County, Florida. The seagrass survey was conducted in support of a proposed rock revetment construction project and floating dock installation. Pinnacle’s team of scientific divers surveyed a total of 33,612 meters (8.3 acres) on the seafloor immediately adjacent to the concrete bulkhead that borders the Park’s west boundary along the ICWW. The objective of the assessment survey was to identify, delineate and map marine benthic resources in the vicinity of the proposed project area which could be impacted by construction-related activities.
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LAKE WORTH LAGOON (PBC) BENTHIC ASSESSMENT AND RESOURCE SURVEY - ICWW DREDGE PROJECT
Pinnacle Ecological, Inc. (Pinnacle) completed a benthic assessment and resource survey in fulfillment of Florida Inland Navigation District's (FIND) request for a “Benthic Survey: Palm Beach County Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) Deepening Project - South.” The objective of the benthic assessment and resource survey was to delineate and map benthic habitats throughout the entire survey area including seagrass and hardbottom habitats, to identify and quantify resources occurring in these habitats, and to collect stony coral size data.
KEY BISCAYNE USCG ATON REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Pinnacle conducted coral relocation for the USCG Miami Main Channel Aids to Navigation (ATON) Entrance Range Replacement Project. The purpose of the coral relocation project was to ensure permit compliance to avoid and minimize potential environmental impacts that could occur as a result of project construction and demolition activities. A coral recipient site was located offshore Virginia Key and Biscayne Bay. A coral relocation plan was prepared and submitted to FDEP, FWC, Miami-Dade DERM, and USACE to meet permit requirements. A special activity license was obtained from FWC which provided State and Federal authorization to collect, transport and relocate corals.