Jersey Shore Town Prepares For Summer Crowds By ‘Ironing’ Its Beaches
Severe storms have stripped pieces of some Jersey Shore beaches this winter, and one city has launched a “sand-back” project to restore part of its coastline.
The Avalon Department of Public Works will move about 55,000 cubic meters of sand from an area to the south, known as a borrow pit, to beaches on the north end that have been eroded in winter storms, officials said.
Ocean currents naturally remove sand from the beaches at the north end of Avalon and bring sand to the south. The borough uses heavy equipment to bring this sand back to its place of origin.
The ‘rollback’ process, which moves sand to its original location, is different from the replenishment process, popular on many Jersey Shore beaches, which sucks sand from the ocean and deposits it on the shore. .
“This is a very necessary and important project for the borough for the protection of our community,” Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi said in a statement. “Sand return has proven to be a very effective and cost effective measure to provide interim protection to our community between hydraulic beach infill projects. We made sure that this project was virtually completed before the start of the hurricane season ”.
After a strong northeast in February, the State Department of Environmental Protection identified 27 beaches that suffered significant damage. Avalon beaches suffered “moderate” damage, according to the state.
Beach erosion is predicted along the New Jersey coast after a storm. Major erosion is often marked by a phenomenon called “escarpment,” when high winds and waves carve out chunks of beaches to form what look like tiny cliffs.
Avalon officials aim to have the work completed before Memorial Day weekend.
The wet sand will be finely scraped east of the high tide line, placed in trucks, moved to the northern end beaches between 9th and 15th Street, and graded according to patterns approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the borough said.
Avalon beaches will remain open during the project, but some beach trails in the borrow area and the embankment area will be closed. The borough also advises visitors to keep abreast of heavy equipment when walking along the part of the beach affected by the project.
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