Feb. 2, 2010
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
STATE PANEL TO DISCUSS DRAFT TERMINAL GROIN STUDY REPORT FEB. 8
RALEIGH – The state Science Panel on Coastal Hazards will meet Feb. 8 in Raleigh to discuss the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s study of the feasibility and advisability of the use of a terminal groin as an erosion control device in coastal North Carolina.
A terminal groin is a long, low structure, typically made of rock or concrete, which extends out into the ocean at the end of an island, and is intended to trap sand and prevent beach erosion.
The panel, which provides scientific advice to the commission, will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1H120, 2728 Capitol Blvd., Raleigh. The meeting is open to the public.
The CRC has asked the science panel to serve as a peer review group for the study, which has been contracted to the engineering firm of Moffatt & Nichol.
During this meeting, the panel will review and provide comments on the draft terminal groin study report from Moffatt & Nichol, the contract company conducting the study. The working draft, which was submitted to the CRC Feb. 1, is available on the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Web site at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/cm/feb.-1-2010-draft-terminal-groin-study-report.
The CRC, in consultation with state divisions of Coastal Management, Land Resources, and the N.C. Coastal Resources Advisory Council, is conducting the study on the use of a terminal groin as an erosion control device, as mandated by Session Law 2009-479.
Created by the CRC in 1997, the 13-member science panel is composed of coastal engineers and geologists.
For more information on the terminal groin study, please visit the study Web site at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/cm/crc-terminal-groin-study1.