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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The Fickleness of Sand

Beach sand is a fickle thing. It gets pushed around by winds and waves, and you can never tell with any certainty where it will end up, despite the best engineering and intentions.

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Computer Model to Help Managers with Renourishment Decisions?

Since the first project of its kind in the U.S. at Coney Island, N.Y., in 1922, coastal managers have used beach nourishment – essentially importing sand to replace sediment lost through storms or erosion – to restore damaged beaches, but it is laborious and expensive.

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Dredging Plan Ignites New Sand Skirmish

The latest skirmish in the ongoing Sand Wars is being waged on unfamiliar terrain and pits a new opponent against an unusual alliance of adversaries.

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Coastal Erosion Sparks ‘Sand Wars’ In New England

It’s the time of year our neighbors who live near the ocean fear the most. It’s the winter when storms pound our coast and steal tons of sand from our beaches. And the bigger problem is that available beach sand is becoming hard to find.

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Sand Moved To Cover Waikiki Beach Erosion Swept Away, Video

Just a day after crews tackled an erosion problem at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, half of the sand they brought in was washed away, according to city officials.

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Gilgo Beach Dune Erosion Filled With Sand

Construction workers using heavy machinery filled a football-field sized hole the Atlantic Ocean eroded from a recently built man-made dune in Gilgo Beach over the weekend, threatening Ocean Parkway.

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Sand Shortage Leaves South Florida Beaches Vulnerable to Erosion

Some of South Florida’s most popular beaches will be particularly vulnerable to erosion and major damage if the state experiences a series of hurricanes, as it did in 2004 and 2005, because officials have run out of an important material: sand.

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Which Way for Goleta Beach?

Save Sand? Protect Lawn? Inside the debate over the future of a southern california popular coastal park and ongoing battle with beach erosion.

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Southern California Beaches Are Starving. Do We Nourish Them Enough?

The natural processes that bring sand to most beaches in Southern California have been disrupted by development and other human activities.

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Recent / Beach Nourishment

Sand Mined From Pakiri Beach is Irreplaceable, New Zealand

May 8th, 2013

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

January 24th, 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.

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Dredging for sand set to begin in Topsail Beach

March 29th, 2012

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

February 22nd, 2012

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

February 2nd, 2012

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

January 29th, 2012

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

January 21st, 2012

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

January 16th, 2012

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

January 6th, 2012

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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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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