Green group questions beach renourishment costs, environmental effects

Green group questions beach renourishment costs, environmental effects

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“A few coastal scientists point to the apparent futility of the billions spent across the nation in the past 50 years to stop sand from doing what it’s naturally inclined to do…” “We’re talking about billions of dollars, approaching tens of billions” nationally, said coastal geologist Rob Young, in “Endless Erosion Battle a Matter of Money,” The St Petersburg Tribune
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A local environmental group is questioning the need to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for beach renourishment work…

Read Full Article, Myrtle News

Beach replenishment may have far reaching impacts on ecosystems;” Phys.Org (03-29-2016)
UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems…

Palm Beach Sea Turtles Killed During Beach Renourishment Project, Broward Palm Beach New Times (04-28-2015)

Palm Beach Mid-Town Dredge Project, A Youtube Video (02-04-2015)
“Beach nourishment projects like this have become commonplace along the US East and Gulf Coasts. These projects have immediate environmental impacts through burial of nearshore habitat and increased turbidity during project placement.The cumulative environmental impacts of doing this repeatedly on the same beach while conducting projects from Maine to Texas is unknown. But, we should be concerned. ” —Robert S. Young, PhD, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Professor, Coastal Geology, Western Carolina University

Economy Winner, Environment Loser in Renourishment; Pensacola News Journal (12-02-2015)

Editorial: Beach Replenishment is No Cure-All, Asburry Park Press (05-14-2015)

Is Beach Renourishment Worth The Money? WWAY News (02-16-2015)

Waikiki Beach Eroding Less Than A Year After $2.2M Sand Restoration, Pacific Business News (01-24-2013)

Piling sand to stop erosion ultimately made the land sink, study says, NOLA (12-26-2015)

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