Hurricane Matthew Waterway Debris Survey Underway in Brevard County
Debris from Hurricane Matthew that has settled in Brevard County waterways -- including the Indian River, Banana River, and associated tributaries – is being surveyed and cataloged by contractor Tetra Tech in preparation for the collection and disposal of that debris.
“The process has taken longer than we’d like, but State of Florida coordination, funding, and contractor awards are now in place, and the waterway debris will be addressed very soon,” said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser.
While the Brevard County Emergency Management department has received reports of about 20 spots where debris is located, they are also looking to the public for assistance in identifying others. The email address firstname.lastname@example.org has been established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for that reason.
Any storm-related debris that may be affecting private shorelines or has been observed floating within the waterway should be reported.
In the email, residents are asked to provide their name and contact information, along with details such as street address or GPS coordinates, description of the debris, description of the location (shoreline, river, canal), whether or not the debris is tagged, whether the debris appears to be stationary or moving, and photos, if possible.
The determination of whether any specific debris is eligible to be removed from the waterway does not rest with the County, but with FDEP and FEMA. The County is providing support as needed, but is not the final authority.
The actual waterway debris collection is expected to begin next month.