Coastal communities employ a number of tactics to fight beach erosion, most commonly renourishment, where sediment from other areas is pumped onto shorelines in need of sand.
Last year, the General Assembly approved the permitting and construction of up to four terminal groin structures along the coast; four beach communities – Figure Eight Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Bald Head Island – are currently seeking permits for the permanent erosion control structures.
Sandbags have also been used to control erosion but under state law are not permitted to remain on beaches permanently.
Date posted: July 23, 2012
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