In 2003, Taylor Engineering studied the feasibility of constructing and maintaining a navigation channel in Salt Run, a shallow embayment that extends southward from the St. Augustine Inlet. Study elements included analyzing existing bathymetry, patterns of sedimentation, shoaling rates, sediment characteristics, and tidal circulation within Salt Run; designing alternative channel alignments; calculating dredge volume alternatives; and conceiving a dredged material management plan. At the end of this effort, Taylor Engineering prepared the Engineering Appendix in support of the USACE Section 107 Feasibility Study.
In 2006, Taylor Engineering coordinated hydrographic data collection and reevaluated the selected 2003 alternatives. With the design selected in 2007, Taylor Engineering prepared a permit application to dredge a channel in Salt Run. Tasks undertaken in support of the permit application included a natural resources survey of the northern section of Salt Run and the acquisition of archeological, geotechnical, and sediment chemistry data. The information collected led to a new channel dredge design, recalculated dredging volumes, and a revised dredged material management plan for the project. Taylor Engineering coordinated and received state and federal permits for this project, and completed final design and engineering.