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2015 NASTT No-Dig Conference Paper and Presentation
March 2015

Ms. Erickson was invited to speak at the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT)’s 2015 No-Dig Conference in Denver, Colorado.  The No-Dig Show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America, where hundreds of professionals attend to learn new methods and techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure.

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Siesta Beach Drainage Project Underway
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Elizabeth Johnson – August 16, 2013

Beachgoers can expect to see barges, tugboats and other equipment off the coast of Siesta Public Beach for the next month as the county installs a discharge pipe beneath the sea floor.

The work is part of the $4.5 million Beach Road Drainage Project expected to be completed in December 2013. The project should alleviate flooding of the beach and nearby roadways that often occurs during the rainy season.

Workers are drilling for the pipe that will be buried 40 feet below the dunes, beach and seabed. The pipe, which will be connected to an expanded stromwater retention pond at the public beach, will release the water 2,000 feet into the ocean.

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Naples Bay Restoration Plan Returns
NBC-2 Naples, Bryan Anderson – July 11, 2013

A proposal to build a 3.4 acre habitat island in Naples Bay was recently ranked #1 by a citizens committee about how to spend Collier County’s share of the oil spill settlement money. Spending BP Money: The Top Ten

“We’re really on the leading edge of technology. Nobody’s built one of these before” – Naples Mayor John Sorey.

“This is an opportunity to go back and recreate what we once had, create more fish, more birds, more life in the bay.” Mike Bauer, City of Naples Natural Resources Division

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Manmade Habitat Island Could Be Completed in Naples Bay This Year
Naples News, Kelly Farrell – July 19, 2013

A 3.3-acre manmade island soon may be taking shape in Naples Bay.

“This is finally getting close and we’re excited about it. We’ll be using Mother Nature’s way of cleaning up pollutants in Naples Bay. If this goes well, we anticipate more islands like this in Naples and throughout the State and it will likely get less expensive each time.” - Naples Mayor John Sorey

“The Department (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) believes this project will provide no adverse impacts and with planting of mangroves and salt marsh vegetation, it should be a beneficial project.” - DEP Press Secretary Patrick Gillespie

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An Opening for a Channel Opening
The Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney – August 30, 2013

Sarasota residents have learned that a state rule change creates a new opportunity for the county to try and reopen Midnight Pass.

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Open or Shut Case
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Doug Sword - July 2008

Along the spit of sand once known as Midnight Pass, time stopped when the channel was bulldozed closed 25 years ago. All efforts to reopen the channel have failed, while time has created a new ecosystem in Little Sarasota Bay that environmentalists say should be left alone.

But, for good or ill, the Midnight Pass clock is about to start ticking again.

This week, Sarasota County will begin sending a final package of scientific data, argument s and commitment s to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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Midnight Pass Plan has Interlocking Parts
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Doug Sword - July 1, 2008

Midnight Pass will stay open this time because of a 260,000-square-foot sand trap designed to capture sand pushed in during storms, and because of a uniquely shaped inlet that will keep the water flowing.

At least, that is the plan. The $15 million project to reopen Midnight Pass and restore dozens of acres of sea grass and mangroves is either beautiful in its array of interlocking pieces or doomed to failure by its complexity.

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Midnight Pass may open again
Doug Sword – April 24, 2008

For 25 frustrating years, "Open Midnight Pass" has been a passionate slogan of boaters and residents and a top political issue, yet nothing happened.

On Wednesday, though, members of this patient group were pinching themselves as they realized their long effort might actually be nearing success.

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Midnight Pass creeps closer to a rebirth
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – July 28, 2004

Despite some doubts they can succeed where twice before they failed, the County Commission voted Tuesday to seek the environmental permits needed to reopen Midnight Pass.

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Watershed Moment
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – November 30, 2003

A coastal engineer who successfully relocated an inlet in North Carolina readies her proposal to restore the much-contested passage to Little Sarasota Bay.

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County tackles Midnight Pass Again
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Wednesday, December 3, 2002

Putting past failures aside, the County Commission voted Tuesday to move ahead with an ambitious plan to reopen Midnight Pass. “The time is now to move forward with this,” Commissioner David Mills said. “It’s an issue that needs to be dealt with. It has to be done.”

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North Carolina Beach Project Sends Rogue Inlet Packing
Engineering News Record - March 18, 2002

After five years navigating the treacherous channels of local politics, coastal permitting and evironmental regulation, contractor on North Carolina's southern coast finally got a chance to work.  On March 7, they moved a dangerous inlet 3,000 ft to the north. 

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