Latest Coastal engineering Stories
By CHRISTINA ABEL and MAGGIE FITZROY As Tropical Storm Fay's powerful wind and waves plowed ashore along St. Johns County's coast, some people dared to frolic in the surf and others finally got official permission to try to save their Vilano Beach homes from more blasts of beach erosion.
By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Just as the long-awaited final environmental impact statement is about to be released, another glitch may have developed in the planning process to replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge .
By Michael Savage Di Wrightson used to complain that a row of bungalows blocked the view of the sea from her home in the picturesque village of Happisburgh, pronounced "Haysbrough", on the north Norfolk coast. Now she says she wishes they were still there to block her view.
By ROB YOUNG & ANDY COBURN By ROB YOUNG & ANDY COBURN The Coastal Resources Commission, North Carolina's coastal rule- making body, recently denied an appeal by several Outer Banks property owners to postpone indefinitely the removal of sandbag seawalls protecting oceanfront homes.
By Gareth McGrath, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. Jul. 17--With the state budget passed and legislators itching to get out of Raleigh, time appears to be eroding for supporters of legislation that would soften the state's ban on hardened structures along the coast.
By CHRISTINA ABEL After about three years of losing sand from the dunes behind their homes because of beach erosion, some homeowners in South Ponte Vedra Beach are regaining sand, very slowly and naturally.
One angler calls it "vigilante vandalism:" concealing boards with 3-inch nails in the sand along a sandy road that fishermen use to drive to the western side of Quonochontaug Breachway. Three vehicles have run over the nails and blew out their tires, but no one has been hurt.
By Lindell Kay, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Aug. 13--NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH -- Considered a beach erosion expert by some and a beach nourishment opponent by others, retired Duke University professor Orrin Pilkey will be speaking in North Topsail Beach on Tuesday.
A study published in the latest issue of Restoration Ecology finds that in coastal Louisiana, oyster reefs help to deter erosion. Oyster reefs are self-sustaining, and are additionally attractive because they use native materials, have the potential for long-term growth, and contribute to overall ecosystem stability and quality.
- A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.