Beach Nourishment

This beach nourishment update was produced by Current TV and highlights the beach nourishment project that is ongoing in Kill Devil Hills and other communities on the Outer Banks.

Beach Nourishment: What You Need To Know

During the summer of 2018, there may be "More Beach To Love" on the Outer Banks! There is a possibly that beach nourishment may be occuring in the towns of Nags Head and Buxton. 


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.

Buxton beach nourishment is currently underway and should be completed in March 2018. Nags Head beach nourishment calls for sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach during the summer of 2018 from around milepost 11 to around milepost 21. The town is waiting permits and hopefully will recieve construction bids in late March or April. Projected construction for Nags Head would ideally begin in late June or early July, however, this may be delayed until 2019. 

Click below for beach nourishment updates for each town including work schedules and impact zones. 


Nags Head Beach Nourishment

Buxton Beach Nourishment Map


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.