Coastal Blog — Beach Dredge & Fill
April 21 2015
This article reviews the California Coastal Commission's recent grant of a Coastal Development Permit to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for developments at Sharp Park golf course, and the Surfrider Foundation San Francisco chapter's ongoing campaign to restore and protect Sharp Park, particularly, from coastal armoring.
June 12 2014
Congress has passed an updated Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Surfrider chapters worked hard to improve the final version of the bill.
February 06 2014
A committee of Senate and House members is negotiating the final version of the Water Resources Development Act which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Find out how you can influence the final version of the bill!
December 20 2013
The documentary on beach replenishment called Shored Up has been making its way around the Surfrider Network with many chapters involved in local screenings and film festival debuts. The film was just written up in Variety magazine and it is the best review yet.
November 04 2013
Now that the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy has passed, here is an example of exactly what we should not be doing. It is OK to rebuild, but not this way. At the center of this aerial picture is the old beachfront gazebo in Beach Haven, NJ. Note how it sits…
September 12 2013
Beach replenishment is the main tool along much of our coast to protect coastal development, but in Southern FL they are simply running out of sand and counties are fighting counties in what amounts to Sand Wars.
April 26 2013
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote in the coming weeks on a Water Resources Development Act, or "WRDA" for short. Several bad provisions make this bill unacceptable and it needs to be reworked.
March 29 2013
Almost five months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast the region is still in recovery mode. It is a real challenge to balance the competing interests of the urgency and importance of rebuilding with thoughtful planning to make the necessary changes to avoid a similar disaster in the future.…
December 17 2012
President Obama and Congress are rightfully moving to provide federal assistance for those impacted by Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy. Unfortunately in their zeal for action the Senate is proposing to go far and beyond what is needed for disaster recovery, threatening the future health and vitality of our coastal beaches and…
December 12 2012
We don't really like seawalls at Surfrider Foundation, I know. But to put a large structure on the ocean side of a seawall, now that's just a lose, lose proposition. Exhibit A from Sea Bright, NJ.
September 04 2011
Cape May, NJ is planning to have the Army Corps remove sand from one of their many replenished beaches. The volume of sand is causing a steep beach which in turn leads to increased number of shorebreak injuries; many of them c-spine injuries.
August 10 2011
A beach replenishment project completed last year in Harvey Cedars, NJ is implicated in this news article about a number of injuries in the shorebreak. The surf was chest high at best, yet they restricted swimming due to injuries.
April 27 2011
The federal government had to issue a cease-and-desist order in April for a beach-nourishment dredging project off Hillsboro Beach and Deerfield Beach. Residents had noticed high levels of turbidity, or muddy water, moving along the shoreline. The order cites a leaky pipe that dumped sand on an area of "hardbottom,"…