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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

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Coastal Management - Beach Nourishment

Coastal Management

Beach Nourishment (Oceanfront)

(Also see Oceanfront Erosion Response)

Ocean beach nourishment must meet the general rules for development in the Ocean Hazard AEC as well as the following standards:

  • Sand used for beach nourishment must be similar in quality and grain size to sand in the area being nourished. Pursuant to 15A NCAC 07H .0312 TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR BEACH FILL PROJECTS, sediment samples must be taken from both the borrow site and recipient beach to determine if the sediment source is compatible.The cited rule provides an objective definition of sediment compatibility for beach fill projects, and outlines specific protocols for sampling the beach scheduled to receive nourishment and the proposed borrow site in order to correctly characterize the material found there.

  • Sand may not be taken from sensitive natural areas or areas where it willcause more than a minimal environmental effect.

  • In order to minimize adverse impacts to nesting sea turtles, no work shall occur within the period of May 1 through Nov. 15 without prior approval from the Division of Coastal Management, in coordination with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • The project should maintain a slope similar to normal conditions. The slope, or grade, of the project must not be so steep that it endangers the public or interferes with public use of the beach. 

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