Exploring A Century of U.S. Beach Nourishment | Shorewords!

March 1, 2021

The never-ending effort to restore America's beaches

On this episode of Shorewords! meet Nicole Elko and Kim Garvey, two of the authors of the article, A Century of U.S. Beach Nourishment.  Many of the beaches we enjoy regularly have benefited from nourishment as a management option.  Large amounts of sand have been placed along the coast, or relocated from harbors and inlets, and while the volumes are huge, so too have been the benefits to hundreds of beach communities and millions of users.  Learn about the range of nourishment projects around the US, the differences in nourishment regionally and why the data base for the nourishment analysis goes back a century.  Here is a link to A Century of U.S. Beach Nourishment, published in January 2021 in Elsevier’s Ocean and Coastal Management Journal.

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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.