Concurrent Session IV
Hydrodynamic Modeling of a Tidal Estuary for Marsh Restoration and Optimization Prime Hook NWR, Milton, DE
Nov. 4, 10:30 am
Todd DeMunda, PE
In the last several years, a number of storms have caused flooding, erosion, and opened several breaches between Prime Hook NWR and Delaware Bay. As a result, the US Fish and Wildlife Service tasked Atkins with developing a hydrodynamic model of the Refuge using Delft3D. The results of the modeling effort were used to recommend alternatives for managing the Refuge under the new environmental regime post-Sandy. This presentation will cover state-of-the-art numerical hydrodynamic and salinity modeling, as well as planning marsh restoration activities based on modeled salinity and water level ranges.