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 needs our attention

65 acres of Massachusetts coastline is carried away every year by raging storms and rising seas. That’s not a problem unless we build a house on the beach. Today, 40 percent of the commonwealth’s 1,500-mile shoreline is residentially occupied.

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Beach work: The billion-dollar question for New Jersey

Restoring eroded beaches was a billion-dollar problem in New Jersey even before Sandy. Towns have added sand to beaches for generations, yet sand drifts. So if a town manages to keep a beach in place on one block, chances are the beach on another block will erode twice as quickly.

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Piling sand to stop erosion ultimately made the land sink, study says

A new study underscores the unique difficulties Louisiana faces in maintaining its fragile delta and keeping the sea at bay: Researchers found work to replenish an eroding shoreline by pumping onto it massive amounts of sand itself caused the land to sink.

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Save beach from renourishment

If we really value our beach and what it means to our economy, we should do more to protect it. With so-called beach renourishment (pumping offshore sand onto beach for protection) and the current Coastal Construction Line (development setback line), we are just toying with protection.

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Economy Winner, Environment Loser in Renourishment

“One thing that locks you into renourishment is to continue beach construction and development as usual,” Young says as he stares at the five yellow CAT machines “The long-range or long-term solution is to have greater setbacks and to allow the beach to renourish itself naturally.”

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Could We Run Out of Sand for Eroded Beaches?

With king tides, persistent winds and large waves from Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Joaquin making erosion particularly bad this year, the demand for sand is high – but is it possible we could run out?

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Why This Treacherous Hawaiian Beach, Keeps Breaking People’s Necks

Even for an experienced surfer, it’s easy to make mistakes at Sandy Beach, notorious for its shallow shore break. These beaches are deceptive, sometimes lethally.

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Residents to Pay for Sand Replenishment at Malibu Beach, CA

Residents of Malibu’s Broad Beach have agreed to pay $31 million over the next decade to truck in tons of sand to build up the diminished shoreline filled with homes of the rich and famous.

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

More than $1 billion has been spent on beach replenishment efforts in New Jersey over the last three decades. 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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Recent / Beach Nourishment

Economy Winner, Environment Loser in Renourishment

December 2nd, 2015

“One thing that locks you into renourishment is to continue beach construction and development as usual,” Young says as he stares at the five yellow CAT machines “The long-range or long-term solution is to have greater setbacks and to allow the beach to renourish itself naturally.”

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Could We Run Out of Sand for Eroded Beaches?

October 30th, 2015

With king tides, persistent winds and large waves from Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Joaquin making erosion particularly bad this year, the demand for sand is high – but is it possible we could run out?

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Why This Treacherous Hawaiian Beach, Keeps Breaking People’s Necks

October 27th, 2015

Even for an experienced surfer, it’s easy to make mistakes at Sandy Beach, notorious for its shallow shore break. These beaches are deceptive, sometimes lethally.

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Residents to Pay for Sand Replenishment at Malibu Beach, CA

October 26th, 2015

Residents of Malibu’s Broad Beach have agreed to pay $31 million over the next decade to truck in tons of sand to build up the diminished shoreline filled with homes of the rich and famous.

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

October 16th, 2015

More than $1 billion has been spent on beach replenishment efforts in New Jersey over the last three decades. 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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Officials Scramble for Funding to Replenish Storm-Damaged Beaches, SC

October 15th, 2015

The trifecta in recent weeks of storm surge from Hurricane Joaquin, king tides, and nearly 2 feet of record rainfall, contributed to the loss of nearly 80 percent of the sand that replenished North Myrtle Beaches during the last $11 million-renourishment project in 2008.

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Still Recovering from Sandy, New Jersey Beaches Hit Again with Major Erosion

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October 6th, 2015

Days of gusting wind and pounding surf have caused severe beach erosion in many spots along the Jersey Shore. Many places where protective dunes stood between the ocean and homes, the surf cut large cliffs into the sand, leaving drop-offs up to 10 feet.

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Scientists Foresee Losses as Cities Fight Beach Erosion

August 14th, 2015

Beaches are facing off against a changing climate, and they’re losing ground. Literally.

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Beach Erosion Troubles in Sarasota, Fl

August 7th, 2015

For as long as Roger Barrow can remember, the sand along Lido Key has been on the move.

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In Miami, Worries About Cuba Include Grains of Sand (!)

July 24th, 2015

For some, concerns over the tourism threat Cuba poses to Miami have reached the granular level.

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