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Sand Management Part Of Beach Towns’ Health


Posted on September 16, 2015

By Jenny Callison, WilmingtonBiz

Sand, a seemingly inexhaustible commodity along the coast of North Carolina, is a fickle resource, continually shifted by wind and water.

“You can’t control sand, but you can manage it,” said Layton Bedsole Jr., New Hanover County’s shore protection coordinator.

Carolina Beach officials say their community is an example of successful sand management. Because of the peninsula’s significant erosion problems, it was the first community in the nation where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers implemented its 50-year Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Program, said Carolina Beach town manager Michael Cramer. Through that program, approved for the town in 1962 and implemented in 1965, engineers determined that beach nourishment was the best way to address the erosion problems.


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