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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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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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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Recent / Beach Nourishment

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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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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