NC - STATE OF THE BEACH: Investment, Nourishment Result in Healthy Strand
PINE KNOLL SHORES — Bogue Banks’ economically crucial beaches are in good shape, thanks to millions of dollars spent on ongoing beach nourishment efforts, according to a report presented Monday to the Carteret County Beach Commission.
Nicole VanderBeke with the county’s beach engineering firm, Moffatt & Nichol, presented the annual State of the Beach report to the commission during the panel’s monthly meeting in Pine Knoll Shores Town Hall.
Greg Rudolph, manager of the County Shore Protection Office, said the annual report is based on surveys taken for Moffat & Nichol this past spring by Geodynamics, a Newport-based firm.
According to Mr. Rudolph, “the shoreline advanced seaward by 40.6 feet on average across Bogue Banks,” meaning the beach is wider in almost all places.
“That’s not surprising, given the influx of sand … over the past year,” Mr. Rudolph said, referring to a beach nourishment project that added 2 million cubic yards of sand in Atlantic Beach west of The Circle development district, all of Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path’s beach access site and western Emerald Isle from Sea Dunes to the Land’s End.
“The volume of sand residing along the entire island is significantly higher than our self-determined yardstick year of 1999 and is attributable to the many beach nourishment projects that have been constructed since 2001,” Mr. Rudolph added. “All the island management reaches (segments of beach) are also in excess of our … plan thresholds,” which are used as triggers for nourishment projects.