Beach Nourishment 2022

More Beach to Love

2022 Project  

The Town of Nags Head is currently planning a beach restoration project related to 2019's Hurricane Dorian. Construction is planned to take place in the summer of 2022. 

View more information on the 2022 project.

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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?

Project financing is typically through a combination of town-wide property taxes, including revenues from municipal service districts, and a contribution from Dare County.  However, FEMA and the State of North Carolina may provide funds to replace sand lost as a result of a federally-declared disaster, such as a large hurricane.


  1. Dune Vegetation Cost Share Program Now Available

    The Town values planting native dune vegetation to establish and retain protective oceanfront dunes. Therefore, a cost-share program is available to oceanfront homeowners who would like to plant approved, native dune vegetation on their properties. Read on...
  2. Beach Nourishment Project/Easement Acquisition

    The Town of Nags Head is currently planning a beach nourishment project related to 2019's Hurricane Dorian, with construction possibly taking place in the summer of 2022. Read on...
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  1. Roberta Thuman - General Information

    Public Information Officer

  2. David Ryan-Technical Questions

    Town Engineer

  3. Kate Jones, Sand Fencing/Vegetation

    Engineering Technician