Beach Nourishment + Maintenance

November 13, 2022

Unspoiled Beach of North Topsail Island, 2018 (by Michael Au CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

North Topsail is getting millions for beach nourishment. How long will the sand last? – Star News Online

Last month North Carolina doled out nearly $20 million in grants to help coastal communities better fortify and rebuild beach infrastructure battered by recent hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters.

“Coastal communities are facing more severe impacts from storms and flooding that require a greater investment in a resilient coastline,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in announcing the awards. “Working with local governments to invest in smart storm damage repairs will help combat the effects of climate change and ensure that North Carolina’s coast remains a beautiful place to live, work, and visit.”

But in a world where climate change is bringing higher seas and more frequent and ferocious storms to our shores, is investing taxpayer dollars in the sand that’s all but guaranteed to have a limited lifespan on the beach a smart investment?

Photo: Beach of North Topsail Island, 2018 (by Michael Au CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

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