Beach Nourishment: What You Need To Know
During the summer of 2017, there will soon be "More Beach To Love" on the Outer Banks as beach nourishment projects will be occuring in the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and the village of Buxton on Hatteras Island.
What Is Beach Nourishment?
Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sand is taken from either a sandbar, a dredged inlet, or an offshore borrow site on the ocean floor. Beach nourishment increases defense from coastal storms and beach erosion saving beaches and homes and business that border the beaches. Locals and visitors alike know that beach nourishment is necessary to protect the beautiful beaches we all love so dearly.
How Will The Beach Nourishment Process Affect Me?
Any given section of beach might be shut down for 4 to 6 days to ensure public safety. Bulldozers, loaders, and excavators will be used in this process. This equipment contains back up lights and alarms so it may be a bit noisy. Shore pipeline will be laid to allow for sand to be pumped from the offshore station to the active construction site. This pipeline will run parallel to the beach so they will be visible, however, sand ramps will be built over the pipelines to allow safe access from the beach to the ocean.
While specific areas will be affected for a limited time, the nourishment process isn’t terribly disruptive and you can still enjoy soaking up the sun, playing in the waves, and spending time with friends and family on your Outer Banks vacation! And, even better? When the beach nourishment is complete, not only will we have more beach to love, but our beautiful shoreline will be better protected from storms and erosion.
Click below for beach nourishment updates for each town including work schedules and impact zones.
For more information and updates visit the More Beach To Love website.
*This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes. Beach nourishment start dates and completion dates are subject to change.