Coastal Care

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Category: Beach Nourishment

Beach work: The billion-dollar question for New Jersey

Beach work: The billion-dollar question for New Jersey

Restoring eroded beaches was a billion-dollar problem in New Jersey even before Sandy. Towns have added sand to beaches for generations, yet sand drifts. So if a town manages to keep a beach in place on one block, chances are the beach on another block will erode twice as quickly.

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Piling sand to stop erosion ultimately made the land sink, study says

Piling sand to stop erosion ultimately made the land sink, study says

A new study underscores the unique difficulties Louisiana faces in maintaining its fragile delta and keeping the sea at bay: Researchers found work to replenish an eroding shoreline by pumping onto it massive amounts of sand itself caused the land to sink.

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Save beach from renourishment

Save beach from renourishment

If we really value our beach and what it means to our economy, we should do more to protect it. With so-called beach renourishment (pumping offshore sand onto beach for protection) and the current Coastal Construction Line (development setback line), we are just toying with protection.

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Economy Winner, Environment Loser in Renourishment

Economy Winner, Environment Loser in Renourishment

“One thing that locks you into renourishment is to continue beach construction and development as usual,” Young says as he stares at the five yellow CAT machines “The long-range or long-term solution is to have greater setbacks and to allow the beach to renourish itself naturally.”

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Could We Run Out of Sand for Eroded Beaches?

Could We Run Out of Sand for Eroded Beaches?

With king tides, persistent winds and large waves from Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Joaquin making erosion particularly bad this year, the demand for sand is high – but is it possible we could run out?

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Why This Treacherous Hawaiian Beach, Keeps Breaking People’s Necks

Why This Treacherous Hawaiian Beach, Keeps Breaking People’s Necks

Even for an experienced surfer, it’s easy to make mistakes at Sandy Beach, notorious for its shallow shore break. These beaches are deceptive, sometimes lethally.

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Residents to Pay for Sand Replenishment at Malibu Beach, CA

Residents to Pay for Sand Replenishment at Malibu Beach, CA

Residents of Malibu’s Broad Beach have agreed to pay $31 million over the next decade to truck in tons of sand to build up the diminished shoreline filled with homes of the rich and famous.

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More Than $1B Spent Replenishing N.J. Beaches Over Past 30 Years

More Than $1B Spent Replenishing N.J. Beaches Over Past 30 Years

More than $1 billion has been spent on beach replenishment efforts in New Jersey over the last three decades. That money has paid for the placement of roughly 120 million cubic yards of sand on the state’s beaches, an amount that could fill a typical dump truck 12 million times.

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Officials Scramble for Funding to Replenish Storm-Damaged Beaches, SC

Officials Scramble for Funding to Replenish Storm-Damaged Beaches, SC

The trifecta in recent weeks of storm surge from Hurricane Joaquin, king tides, and nearly 2 feet of record rainfall, contributed to the loss of nearly 80 percent of the sand that replenished North Myrtle Beaches during the last $11 million-renourishment project in 2008.

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