Beach Replenishment

pumping sand that was dredged from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay onto Ocean View Beach
pumping sand that was dredged from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay onto Ocean View Beach
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District Image Gallery

After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the beach in the Ocean View neighborhood of Norfolk was replenished. The Corps of Engineers dredged sand from the Thimble Shoal shipping channel, pumped it onto the Ocean View beach, and spread the sand with bulldozers. The objective was to build a beach 60' wide and 5' high at the landward edge.

Norfolk had tried to maintain the width of the beach by constructing 36 rock breakwaters. Those trapped sand moving along the shoreline, but also disqualified Ocean View from Federal neach replenishment programs. The regulations were revised after Superstorm Sandy.

Congress appropriated $12.9 million and Norfolk contributed $5.5 million for the first replenishment stage, which was completed in 2017. As reported in The Virginian-Pilot:1

Under the agreement, every nine years for the next 50 years the sand that washes away will be replaced. Those renourishment efforts are expected to cost $7.5 million each, with Norfolk's share pegged at $2.2 million.

sand dredged from the Lynnhaven Inlet channel after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was used to replenish the beach from the Lynnhaven Inlet to Chicís Beach
sand dredged from the Lynnhaven Inlet channel after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was used to replenish the beach from the Lynnhaven Inlet to Chicís Beach
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District Image Gallery

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keeping Ocean View Beach 60' wide will rquire pumping more sand onto the beach every nine years
keeping Ocean View Beach 60' wide will rquire pumping more sand onto the beach every nine years
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District Image Gallery

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References

1. "More sand coming to Ocean View beaches," The Virginian-Pilot, March 31, 2015, https://pilotonline.com/news/local/environment/article_8024b67e-40d1-5099-aaba-8a9ade4720bb.html (last checked August 2, 2018)


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