Beach Nourishment

Sediment being pumped onto Figure Eight Island, North Carolina. View Beach Nourishment Gallery

If we must nourish beaches, we should use the least damaging source areas for sand and regulations/laws to that effect are needed. In addition, there is a global sand quality problem – poor quality (gravelly, muddy, shelly sand) is being pumped up on beaches (North Carolina, USA, and southern Spain). Recognition of the biological impact of placing sand on a beach is a particularly great need as beach nourishment temporarily destroys the entire nearshore marine ecosystem affecting birds, nearshore fish, and invertebrates. Source areas for sand are sometimes problematic as was the case in 2007. The US Army Corps of Engineers used off-shore sand from a former dump site from WW II resulting in the deposition of sand on a New Jersey beach along with 700 live rounds of munitions. Fortunately, no one was injured, but vacationers digging in the sand found the munitions. Dubai poses different challenges – fine sediment from the dredging operations there has done permanent damage to the coral reefs and ecosystem. Active coral reefs were buried when artificial islands were created after 2000.


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Sand Mined From Pakiri Beach is Irreplaceable, New Zealand

Auckland City’s recreation committee chairman, says a $5 million beach rebuilding plan is gathering momentum. Where, however, does he hope to source the sand for the next eight Auckland beaches requiring replenishment?

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Waikiki Beach Eroding Less Than A Year After $2.2M Sand Restoration

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.

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Dredging for sand set to begin in Topsail Beach

Sand that was lost during Hurricane Irene last year is being replaced this week. Officials in Topsail Beach expect that the pumping of sand onto the beach will started on Monday.

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Beach Renourishment Harms Ecosystem

Pumping sand onto the coastline helps maintain wide beaches for tourism and property protection, but some scientists say it also damages a fragile and often overlooked ecosystem for fish and birds.

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Beach Erosion Causes 18-Foot Cliffs In Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey, is blocking access to a half-mile stretch of beachfront after erosion created cliffs as high as 18 feet. It will be at least four months until the beaches will be open to the public again.

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Cannes’ Latest Beach Replenishment Project

The City of Cannes has filed an application with the State services for replenishment services to a number of beaches by recharge of dredged sand on the beach by marine delivery to the affected areas of the south and other coastal beaches. The value of this project is 4,347,826 EUR…

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Okaloosa County Abolishes Beach Renourishment

After more than four years of debate, fears of dark, shell-heavy sand being dumped on Okaloosa Island’s white beaches have been put to rest as Okaloosa County commissioners abolished the beach renourishment project.

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To Save a Beach, They May Ruin It

Florida led the nation in establishing detailed criteria for ensuring that only high-quality sand is placed on Florida beaches during construction of beach nourishment projects.

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Hawaii to Add Sand to Chronically Eroding Waikiki Beach

A $2.3 million state project to widen a chronically eroding section of Waikiki beach with sand pumped in from offshore, will begin by the end of this month. Waikiki naturally has a narrow beach, and people have been adding sand to the shoreline to make it wider. The earliest beach replenishment projects are believed to date to the 1920s. The first well-documented case was in 1939…

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Recent / Beach Nourishment

Sri Lanka Battles Sea Erosion

December 26th, 2011

In the past, to shore up defences against sea erosion, Sri Lanka has used hard structures including rock, which disfigures beach areas and could also shift erosion to adjacent areas, by redirecting energy…

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Dutch Unveil Plan In War Against The Sea: A Sandbar

December 20th, 2011

In its age-old war to keep back the sea, low-lying Netherlands has dumped sand onto a surface larger than 200 football fields just off the coast, and will wait for nature to do the rest…

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1895: The First Article On Beach Nourishment

November 11th, 2011

In a retrieved article dated 1895 ” Sea and Land, Features of coasts and oceans with special reference to the life of Man,” geologist NS Shaler, describes the transport of clasts by seaweed, makes footnote of sea wall and beach nourishment… most possibly a first.

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The High Costs Of Beach Renourishment

November 1st, 2011

The sand at the newly renourished North Shore Road beach, on Longboat Key, Florida, is already eroding after its completion in May 2011, and an escarpment, or drop off, has formed at the beach access area. The beach renourishment project was completed only 5 months ago at a cost of $4.5 million and placed 133,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach…

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Ship Islands Restoration Underway

October 5th, 2011

A $300 million, 30-month project to build shoreline in an attempt to restore the storm-severed Ship Islands back into one island began this month as a torrent of up to 15,000 cubic yards of sand a day began pouring onto the north shore of West Ship Island…

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Officials Seek Public Comment On Beach Renourishment Project, California

September 26th, 2011

Residents have two weeks left to comment on the Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project. In 2011 dollars, the project will cost $84.9 million over the 50-year lifespan.

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Nags Heads Shoreline Losses A Lot Of Sand, And Money

September 8th, 2011

Just weeks before the expected completion of a $36 million beach nourishment project, Hurricane Irene may have chewed away as much as 25 percent of the new sand pumped onto the Nags Head shoreline.

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Florida Truncates Eco-Safeguards On Beach Projects

June 6th, 2011

Florida has suspended key protections to reduce or prevent environmental harm and public health risks in rebuilding eroded beaches with dredged materials, according to agency documents posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a membership organization of employees in natural resources agencies.

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Nags Head beach nourishment approved

April 11th, 2011

With the blessing of a state oversight commission secured last week, the project to nourish Nags Head’s eroded beaches will officially get under way as early as mid-June. The total cost of the project is between $36 million and $37 million

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Beach Renourishment Projects in Doubt

March 28th, 2011

On a narrow stretch of Sand Key, Fl., the beach has eroded from months of rushing waves. Tides eat away at the coast, sweeping sand back into the gulf. Unstopped by the shore, water rolls to the seawall, 20 feet from condominiums. Bordered by 825 miles of sandy shoreline, Florida tops the nation in federally funded beach renourishment.

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