More Than $1B Spent Replenishing N.J. Beaches Over Past 30 Years

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Beach replenishment, New Jersey. Photo source: ©© The National Guard.
Andrew Coburn, assistant director of The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, said. “Well over 99 percent of the shorelines that are nourished are developed so there is some economic value placed behind them.”


More than $1 billion has been spent on beach replenishment efforts in New Jersey over the last three decades, according to data collected by coastal researchers. That money has paid for the placement of roughly 120 million cubic yards of sand on the state’s beaches, an amount that could fill a typical dump truck 12 million times…

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