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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Beach Erosion Troubles in Sarasota, Fl

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 (!)

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

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How Your Taxes Help Inflate The Value Of Coastal Properties Threatened By Climate Change

Between 1995 and 2002, the U.S. federal government spent $787 million on beach nourishment and has historically subsidized two-thirds of total nourishment costs to coastal communities. As seas rise and storms surge, replenishment costs rise. Replenishment is a losing battle, and it’s becoming more and more expensive.

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The Changing Carolina Coast: Sand Is Everywhere, Except When It Isn’t

According to a database created by Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, more than $500 million has been spent rebuilding North Carolina’s beaches. Since 1983, we’ve spent about $100 million alone replacing Highway 12, built on the sands of the Outer Banks.

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Croatan Beach Residents Say too Much Dredging Hurts Shoreline, VA

The dredging main goal is the same as it is every year: to replace sand and build up dunes on a public beach that gets pummeled by storms nearly every winter.

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Editorial: Beach Replenishment is No Cure-All

What do you do if a beach replenishment project is not working the way it was intended? That is the question facing Sea Bright, NJ, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers these days.

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Something Strange is Happening to Sea Bright’s Beach, NJ

A section of the beach, newly widened after Hurricane Sandy, is eroding so fast that fledging dunes can’t take hold to help with storm protection.

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Duck Beach is Sinking Fast and Deep, NC

The beach at Duck is sinking faster than the ocean is rising. The phenomenon, called vertical land movement, is a lesser-known part of the debate over sea-level rise…

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How Did Rocks End Up on the Beach? NC

State rules make it clear that sand from an ocean bottom riddled with rocks should not be pumped onto the state’s beaches during beach re-nourishment projects. Yet, a beach pumping project on the south end of this Onslow County town littered the beach with tons of rocks, some the size of basketballs. And no one stopped it.

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Recent / Beach Nourishment

Something Strange is Happening to Sea Bright’s Beach, NJ

May 7th, 2015

A section of the beach, newly widened after Hurricane Sandy, is eroding so fast that fledging dunes can’t take hold to help with storm protection.

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Duck Beach is Sinking Fast and Deep, NC

May 4th, 2015

The beach at Duck is sinking faster than the ocean is rising. The phenomenon, called vertical land movement, is a lesser-known part of the debate over sea-level rise…

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How Did Rocks End Up on the Beach? NC

May 2nd, 2015

State rules make it clear that sand from an ocean bottom riddled with rocks should not be pumped onto the state’s beaches during beach re-nourishment projects. Yet, a beach pumping project on the south end of this Onslow County town littered the beach with tons of rocks, some the size of basketballs. And no one stopped it.

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A 50-year Sand Replenishment Project, Encinitas and Solana Beaches, CA

April 30th, 2015

For the price of the plan, the cities could have looked at buying bluff-top properties to allow for “managed retreat.” That way, the bluffs could naturally erode, putting sand back on the beaches.

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Palm Beach Sea Turtles Killed During Beach Renourishment Project

April 28th, 2015

South Floridians have for years grappled with the issue of beach erosion. Condos continue to go up despite wave action that carries sand away. Residents want wide, sandy beaches — and so do turtles, who need it to nest.

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Sand Cents

April 2nd, 2015

The value of many oceanfront properties on the East Coast could drop dramatically if Congress were to suddenly end federal beach nourishment subsidies. Values could fall by as much as 17 percent in towns with high property values and almost 34 percent in towns with low property values.

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Dealing with Beach Erosion; Maintenance, Monitoring Program Eyed; AL

March 17th, 2015

Since a $50,000 beach repair emergency project was completed last July, a large chunk of beach has eroded and the council will soon consider implementing a beach monitoring and maintenance program.

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The Jersey Shore’s Unquenchable Thirst for Sand

March 9th, 2015

New Jersey, with its 127-mile coastline, has spent about $800 million on beach replenishment over the last 30 years – more than any other state, including Florida, which has an 1,800-mile coastline. That is equivalent to 80 million cubic yards of sand – or about a dump truck load for every foot of beach.

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How the Surfing Business Could be a Wipeout for an Iconic Calif. Town

March 4th, 2015

To create perfect surfing conditions, nature needs to provide the right amount of deep-ocean swells, peculiar ocean-floor geography and wind. Coupled with sea-level rise, as beaches erode, the practice of beach replenishment – dredging and dumping sand to extend beaches and reclaim them from the ocean – is also destroying surf in some communities.

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Is Beach Renourishment Worth The Money?

February 16th, 2015

Surf, sand and sun are big draws for southeastern North Carolina. In fact, our beaches keep much of our economy afloat, but they take a lot of maintenance.

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