Projects

Tybee Island Natural Infrastructure Master Plan

The Tybee Island Natural Infrastructure Master Plan aims to help the island better absorb and recover from more frequent storms and flooding caused by rising, warming seas. Project Lead: Alan Robertson, AWR Strategic Consulting, awrstrategic@gmail.com Partners: University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Environment and Design, Institute for …

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GA Tech – Smart Sea Level Sensor Project

This project monitors water levels in real-time around Tybee Island and Chatham County using a network of sensors. Project Lead: Dr. Russ Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, russ.clark@gatech.edu Partners: Georgia Institute of Technology, The City of Savannah, Chatham Emergency Management Agency Funding: The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge ($50K), Georgia DNR/CRG ($80K), SECOORA ($1M), NOAA ($5M) …

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Dune and Beach Restoration Project

This project aims to maintain and improve the resiliency of Tybee Island’s beaches through regular beach renourishments. Project Lead: Alan Robertson, AWR Strategic Consulting, awrstrategic@gmail.com  Partners:  A.D. Williams Construction, EarthBalance, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Guardian Retention Systems, USACE Funding: $160,000 from City of Tybee Island for Phase 1 dune …

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Dune Vegetation and Best Practices Project

This project aims to monitor dune vegetation and document best practices of beach and dune restoration.  Project Lead: Lissa Leege, Georgia Southern University, leege@georgiasouthern.edu Partners: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Sea Grant, Georgia Southern College of Science and Mathematics, Georgia Southern Institute for Coastal Plain Science, Georgia Southern Office …

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Master Stormwater Management Plan

This project aims to develop a Stormwater Master Plan for the City of Tybee Island, to assist with mitigating flood risks to human life and property and reduce future flood risks for less frequent storm events. Project Lead: Kevin Smith, Thomas & Hutton, smith.k@tandh.com   Funding: $189,375 from Georgia Emergency Management Agency  Project Summary: In 2019, …

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Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan

In 2016, Tybee Island became the first community in Georgia and one of the first in the entire Southeast United States to adopt a municipal sea level rise plan. Project Lead: Charles Hopkinson, former director of University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Partners: University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, …

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Skidaway Institute Drone Monitoring Project

This project aims to monitor man-made dunes and beach on Tybee Island using unmanned aerial systems. Project Lead: Clark Alexander, UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, clark.alexander@skio.uga.edu  Partners: City of Tybee, Tybee Beach Task force, Tybee citizen scientists, UGA Skidaway Institute summer interns and SSU REU Bridge participants, UGA Ocean Science majors in the Semester@Skidaway domestic …

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USACE Ship-Induced Wake Study

The goal of this study was to understand the impact of vessel traffic patterns and associated boat wakes generated by large commercial vessels on Tybee Island. Project Lead: US Army Corps of Engineers Funding: $175,000 from USACE, $175,000 from Georgia Department of Community Affairs Partners: USACE, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Project Summary:  The federally maintained navigation …

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House Elevation Project

This project aims to elevate homes on Tybee Island out of the flood hazard zone. Project Lead: George Shaw, The City of Tybee Island,gshaw@cityoftybee.gov Partners: FEMA, GEMA Funding: $1,548,318.00 Project Summary: Tybee Island has submitted two Hazard Mitigation Grant Program applications through FEMA for home elevations. Both were related to the damage from Hurricane Irma …

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