Beach re-nourishment. Photo source: The U.S. Army
The hills of sand are supposed to act as fortresses that protect Jersey Shore communities from the ravages of the sea.
In the 18 months since Hurricane Sandy, coastline towns awaiting federal beach replenishment projects have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sand, building temporary barriers to keep the ocean from surging into homes and streets.
But unless the sand can be stabilized by vegetation, one municipal engineer said, “They disappear like children’s sand castles at the end of the day.”