The Jersey Shore’s Unquenchable Thirst for Sand

Bringing in sand to replenish beach that was eroded by Hurricane Sandy, at Kimbles Beach, New Jersey. Captions And Photo source: ©© USFWS


New Jersey, with its 127-mile coastline, has spent about $800 million on beach replenishment over the last 30 years – more than any other state, including Florida, which has an 1,800-mile coastline.

That is equivalent to 80 million cubic yards of sand – or about a dump truck load for every foot of beach…

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Is Beach Renourishment Worth The Money? WWAY News (02-16-2015)

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD, The New York Times (08-22-2014)
Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $207 million plan to dredge millions of tons of sand off the south shore of Long Island and spread it along the beaches and dunes. It is a colossal waste of money and another consequence of the nation’s failure to develop a coherent plan to address the risks from storms faced by states along the eastern seaboard and gulf coast.

Waikiki Beach Eroding Less Than A Year After $2.2M Sand Restoration, Pacific Business News (01-24-2013)
A section of Hawaii’s famed Waikiki Beach is starting to erode, less than a year after the completion of a $2.2 million project to replenish the sand on about 1,730 feet of shoreline that had been suffering from chronic erosion.

The Folly Of Poorly Executed Beach Renourishment, The Post And Courier (05-06-2014)

Endless Erosion Battle a Matter of Money, The St Petersburg Tribune (07-21-2014)

Palm Beach Mid-Town Dredge Project, A Video (02-04-2015)

From Coast To Coast, Vanity Fair (07-23-2013)
At opposite ends of the country, two of America’s most golden coastal enclaves are waging the same desperate battle against erosion…

“North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving,” A Video featuring Orrin Pilkey, PhD
World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem…

Coastal Erosion Sparks ‘Sand Wars’ In New England (12-21-2013)
Sand is becoming New England coastal dwellers’ most coveted and controversial commodity as they try to fortify beaches against rising seas and severe erosion caused by violent storms.

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona