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Category: Beach Nourishment

Miami Beach is dumping $16 million in fresh sand to push back against erosion

Miami Beach is dumping $16 million in fresh sand to push back against erosion

To push back against erosion caused by sea level rise and storms, four beachfront strips on Miami Beach are receiving a federally funded face lift. That means dumping fresh sand on the beach — $16 million.

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Rule change may threaten coastal areas

Rule change may threaten coastal areas

The U.S. Department of Interior Secretary’s reversal of a rule that limited where sand within federally restricted coastal zones may be placed is a change that environmentalists say is a step backward in protecting sensitive coastal resources.

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Trump administration makes it easier to dredge protected areas to restore beaches

Trump administration makes it easier to dredge protected areas to restore beaches

The Trump administration changed a 25-year-old policy to make it easier for coastal communities to take sand from protected ecosystems to improve their beaches. The shift makes it cheaper for some of the wealthiest communities in the country to replenish their beachfronts.

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Engineers hope high-tech sandbags will keep the beach in Waikiki from disappearing

Engineers hope high-tech sandbags will keep the beach in Waikiki from disappearing

A fresh round of repairs to Hawaii’s most famous beach have been completed ― and engineers hope their latest idea will do more to help the shoreline from washing away.

Over the last three weeks, and at a cost of roughly $700,000, engineers worked to install a 95-foot sandbag groin at Waikiki Beach, along with hauling in tons of new sand to help replenish it

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Sand re-nourishment could be culprit for beach-related accidents

Sand re-nourishment could be culprit for beach-related accidents

A group of researchers found that after beach re-nourishment projects, there was a significant increase in the number of drownings and serious accidents along those same beaches.

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Nor’easter submerges newly replenished N.J. beaches

Nor’easter submerges newly replenished N.J. beaches

An ocean storm will continue to meander off the Middle Atlantic coast through Saturday, generating a strong onshore flow that will continue to lash New Jersey beaches. Lavallette and Seaside Heights are both recent recipients of Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment and engineered protective dune systems. While the beaches were underwater, water did not appear to impact the dunes.

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Your favorite pristine beach is founded on mass invertebrate death

Your favorite pristine beach is founded on mass invertebrate death

Beach managers import sand and constantly groom shores with heavy machinery, and a recent study in the journal Ecological Indicators shows these managed beaches have much fewer sand-dwelling critters than nearby natural ones.

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South Florida beach town getting emergency sand infusion

South Florida beach town getting emergency sand infusion

Sand-starved Dania Beach is getting an emergency infusion of that gritty stuff that gets washed away every year. Sand by the truckload is being brought in and deposited on the northern half of the beach near the pier.

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Coastal Conservation Plan Sparks Fight Over Sand

Coastal Conservation Plan Sparks Fight Over Sand

Beach communities that rely on dredging to replenish protective dunes object to expanded federal protections. Environmental advocates are pushing back with warnings about the possible ecological damage from beach replenishment projects that they call sand mining.

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