2019 Beach Nourishment
The Town will be conducting a beach nourishment maintenance project starting in May 2019 and lasting possibly into October 2019. Sand will be placed on 10 miles of beach from the Bonnett Street public beach access at 2919 South Virginia Dare Trail (near Mile Post 11) south to the town line with the National Park Service (near Mile Post 21).
The Town does not expect to have a schedule for the project until late spring 2019. Even then, the schedule will likely change often as weather conditions and other issues arise. More than one section of the beach could be impacted during the project. Progression of the project will likely not be linear, meaning that it won't necessarily start at one end of the project area and proceed straight to the other end. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.
Beach Nourishment Background
While nearly all beaches are naturally prone to gradual erosion, adverse weather conditions and severe storms, such as hurricanes, can cause significant and sudden changes in the shoreline.
Beach nourishment provides protection designed to retain and rebuild natural systems while reducing or preventing the consequences of beach erosion. Ongoing maintenance, provided through periodic nourishment, is required to protect our beachfront’s accessibility, natural beauty, and ecological vitality, as well as our community's economic viability.
What causes erosion?
Energy, wind, waves, tides, currents, and storms all generate energy that impacts our barrier islands and shape the shoreline and beaches. Naturally occurring erosion removes sand and deposits it offshore. Over time, waves return some of the sand to the beach. Storms with heavy surf and high winds can cause erosion to occur with increased intensity and frequency.
Why Does Nags Head conduct nourishment?
Healthy beaches absorb the brunt force of waves, wind, tides, currents, and storms, allowing dunes to protect infrastructure. Beaches and dune systems require nourishment projects to protect, maintain, and preserve the entire coastal system.
What are the benefits of nourishment?
Beaches are an integral part of the quality of life in Dare County and support homes, businesses, and related infrastructure (roads, utilities) for many residents and visitors. More than just a playground, beaches are environmental treasures and tremendous economic assets for our community. In addition, beaches provide protection for coastal estuaries, upland structures, and the mainland.
Where does funding for beach nourishment come from?
Nags Head's nourishment is likely the largest locally-funded project of its kind in the United States. Project financing is covered by a combination of town-wide property taxes, including revenues from a municipal service district, and a contribution from Dare County.
Dr. Tim Kana of Coastal Science and Engineering, the Town's beach nourishment engineering firm, gave an update on the summer 2019 renourishment project. Read on...
According to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the dredging contractor for the upcoming beach nourishment project, we will, for most of the spring and summer, have two hopper dredges working off our shore. Read on...
At their June 20, 2018 meeting, Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners approved several items related to contracting and funding for the Town’s 2018 beach nourishment project. Read on...