FPL-Manatee-PMT Cooling Pond Swale Improvements
This job consisted of removing organic material and existing sand from approximately 10,000 Linear Feet of cooling pond swale for improvements to the surrounding environments. Dewatering was required to remove excess water before and after the muck was removed. Fresh filter course sand material was then placed in the prepared swale and graded and sloped to allow for proper drainage. Work was accomplished with success and without incident in an ‘exclusion zone’ of a high hazard dam. This project was completed in the best interests of gentle giants found in Florida’s warm coastal waters.
Read more about FPL’s work with Manatee preservation >> FPL|Environment
-Subcontractor to Lucas Marine Construction-
Here we installed 115,000 square feet of Armorflex ABS systems at various locations within the city’s drainage system. Our scope was to survey, install erosion control & monitor, strip undesirable material from surface area, fill voids with engineered fill and compact, grade to line and specs, place geotextile filter fabric, place ABS mats, grout around inlets and seams, grade embankment and top of slope to grade elevations, place fill into mats (blinding), & sod to conclude the project. We finished with installation of new mitered ends around existing pipe inverts.
In this operation it was BGC’s duty to install silt fence around perimeter of work area and excavate littoral shelf along an existing canal for environmental plantings. The shelf we created was +/- 7,000 linear feet and approximately 116,000 cubic yards giving home to approximately 33,000 wetland plant species that were later planted along the littoral shelf.
-North Saint Lucie River Water Control District-
The removal of anything potentially harmful to the environment is a top priority to us, debris removal included. Near the St. Lucie river, we installed approx 1500 tons of bank & shore (12″ to 30″) type of rip rap along 450′ of Ten Mile Creek. The area was environmentally sensitive and extreme care was needed not to damage or destroy any indigenous plants. We wanted to assist in the filtering of trash to the St. Lucie River Estuary.
We also offer a number of Hurricane relief projects like dewatering and large Debris removal (depending on project needed)
-Articulated Block Installation and Embankment Revitalization-
At Blackwell it was our job to prepare embankment for articulated block installation. We removed debris, stripped top soil, placed fill in low areas, removed excess fill, compacted and graded to a smoother finish per plans and specifications. We finished strong with placement of an anchor trench, backfill, then compacting and re-constructing the levee top and installing sod.
When doing this project, it was our duty to install three concrete water control structures in environmentally sensitive areas of the FPL Everglades Environmental Mitigation Bank. Work was around sensitive wildlife and fish habitats including the threatened species of salt water crocodiles. We excavated trenches, installed structures, did intake & discharge pipes, backfill and compact. We finished with the installation of gates and placement of riprap around inlets and discharge of pipes. We then placed sod and water.
FPL – Turkey Point Powerplant – Miami Dade
Here we constructed 9 Yearling Refugia and a 7 acre Nesting Habitat in FPL’s Everglades Mitigation Bank for a crocodile sanctuary. We excavated per lines and grades on engineering plans, blended existing soils with imported fill for a better habitat for the animals. This project was filled with extremely environmentally sensitive work hosting extensive environmental monitoring and oversight from multiple agencies. We went about our work smoothly, keeping the wildlife’s best interests in mind. Today, the Sanctuary is successful in all it’s endeavors towards protecting the species.
Read more about the sanctuary >> FPL & The Crocodile
Often at jobs, we are asked to remove what is already in place an replace it with updated and/or fresh material. Such was the case with the Underwater Engineering Services Inc. in St. Lucie. Here, we dredged contaminated areas and excavated a bench in the existing levees. We removed riprap and excavated a subsurface drainage layer in preparation of slopes according to the lines and grades set in the plans and specifications. Two thirds of this slope were underwater a canal bottom 40 feet wide and over 25 feet deep. We were successful with the use of our recently acquired iconic long reach excavators equipped with GPA systems to accomplish our job within a six-tenth of a foot tolerance.
Here at Blue Goose we often have to work under strict measures to protect and preserve the areas surrounding developing projects and sites. Here at the Sanford Cooling Pond we constructed five structures adjacently along a levee base on a 1,200 acre reservoir. We installed seepage, surface drainage, and sump systems. We dewatered areas and added sheet piling as needed. We followed firm dam protective measures in hopes of improving drainage to the power plant’s cooling pond. Another successful project.
Type and Extent of Sub Contracting: Metal Fabrication, Drain Pipe Installation, Electrical, Well Pointing and Testing.
Blue Goose Growers is proud of its work in the Florida citrus industry. Citrus groves are beautiful and scenic many times of the year. Below are some images in and around the Florida citrus industry.