Salt Water Catch Basin
United States Patent 7226242 Serial #11/528,289
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In the development of the Saltwater Catch Basin, an additional benefit has been identified and may be implemented and utilized for a potential solution to the buildup of sand around groins and jetties. By properly positioning the Basin adjacent to these manmade objects that impede the natural migration of sand, the sand may be collected in the Basin and then removed by a innovative pump system placed on the jetty or platform adjacent to such. This will allow for minimal travel of the collected sand to be pumped back to land for the renourishment of nearby beaches that have been eroded.

This proprietary, patented system allows for a more cost efficient process of keeping waterways clear and operable, with the assistance of natural forces. It also allows for an inexpensive way of renourishing beaches by utilizing the byproduct of this system, the sand removed by the Saltwater Catch Basin. In all, the local municipalities and taxpayers benefit through a more cost effective process of keeping local waters navigable and the enhancement of their beaches and shoreline, without significantly impacting the marine life.


Waterways are important to all of us. They allow for import and export of materials as well as offer enjoyment for boaters. Currently dredging is how we keep our waterways open. This dangerous and expensive method can be a thing of the past if a salt water catch basin is used. The salt water catch basin is less expensive and protects sealife.

Sand and sediment tends to accumulate in locations such as the entrances to harbors due to the deposit of sand and sediment by tidal flow of water. The existence of sandbars can create serious environmental and navigational hazards. Such accumulations require at least periodic dredging at great expense and disruption of water traffic. 

Since the early 1960s, the federal government has been subsidizing marine contractors with millions of dollars to scoop out the sand and restore the channels.  Some of the passes were being dredged annually.  Others are still being dredged each year at exorbitant costs.  One of the smaller passes was dredged at a cost of $5M and required dredging again after just a year and a half. 

Beaches usually have to be renourished after a major storm.  One of the smaller beaches was renourished at a cost of $12M and another at $21M.

There is one school of thought that major storms stir up the bottom causing red tide.  Could it also be that dredging the bottom causes red tide and that the huge amount of dredging being done has been prolonging the effects of red tide.

There is a patented process for removing the sand that collects at the mouth of the passes or at various seaports.  This patent is aptly named the Salt Water Catch Basin.  This patent is available for a joint venture project or complete buy-out.

The salt water catch basin can be used at any major seaport.  The size will be determined by the width of the inlet or pass.  It could be made of either concrete or composite depending upon the specification to complete the installation.

After viewing the video, you will understand how the salt water catch basin could create a permanent solution to dredging and renourishing, and could last for 100 years.  The only maintenance would be replacement of hoses, pumps and screens.  The money saved could be used for more worthy causes.

A research and development engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as several other coastal engineers have concluded that the salt water catch basin will work.  Why not eliminate the ineffective age old costly method of dredging and renourishing and replace it with an innovative new method which could save millions of dollars to taxpayers.

If you agree this is feasible, contact your congressman, state representative or your local government.  They can invest in this patent by building a prototype.  It has been offered to Sarasota County at no cost other than the expense required to construct and install it.  The inventor of the salt water catch basin offered it to Sarasota County because of the hazardous conditions of Big Pass and New Pass.   The pictures show how the passes are shoaled over with sand, and in time will be totally impassable.