Projected Beach Nourishment Schedules*
|Nags Head||May 2019||COMPLETED||3 months|
*This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes. The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change. This information will be updated as new information becomes available. Please keep in mind that mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land based machinery, will begin approximately one month prior to construction to be ready once the dredge is on site.
What is beach nourishment?
Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline.
Beach Nourishment Project Updates
Town of Nags Head
10 miles of shoreline from the Bonnett Street public beach access near milepost 11, south to the town line with the National Park Service near milepost 21
August 27, 2019
Beach nourishment sand pumping operations were completed early on Sunday morning, August 18, 2019 in the 8200 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road near Mile Post 17.
This will be the final update regarding the 2019 beach nourishment project. Thank you all again for your patience with this project.
If you are in town this week, you may notice that the recent strong northeast winds and larger than normal surf is creating scarps (or ledges) along the beach. This is normal for nourished AND unnourished beaches and can still take place even several years after a nourishment project has been completed. However, the scarping is more pronounced now due to the recent nourishment. We expect this to continue this week as the northeast winds and high surf are forecasted to continue for a few more days.
Once the winds shift back to the southwest, the scarps will decrease. At the same time, our newly nourished beach will continue to be shaped by waves and currents, and gradually become similar to a natural beach in slope and elevation.
Beach nourishment is normally designed and constructed to take advantage of the natural forces, such as waves and currents, to move sand offshore. This process results in a natural sloping beach within the littoral zone (the area between the low and high tide lines), and is referred to as profile equilibration (or profile adjustment). The process of profile equilibration, which typically occurs within 12 months following sand placement (depending on storms), dramatically decreases the width of dry beach from the very wide beach observed immediately after nourishment. This decrease in beach width (profile equilibration) is often misunderstood as the failure of the beach nourishment project. For more information, read the American Shore and Beach Preservation white paper: Beach nourishment profile equilibration: What to expect after sand is placed on a beach.
Beach Access Information
The Gulfstream public beach access just south of Jennette's Pier near Mile Post 16.5 is now fully open.
The installation of sand fencing and sea oats is taking place in Nags Head's south end. The Juncos Street public beach access is still being used by the sand fencing/sprigging contractor, but the access remains open.
Once the beach nourishment equipment has been removed from the Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 on about Friday of this week, the parking lot will be re-opened; however, the sand fencing contractor will be staging some equipment in that lot, so some parking spots may be unavailable. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this access has a gentle slope to move equipment on and off the beach and is conveniently located in the middle of our project area.