When the Kitty Hawk phase of the projet began in July. Offshore ship is dredge for pumping sand.

It’s always nice to be recognized and we just found out that the multi-town beach nourishment project the Dare County tackled last year has been recognized by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association as one of the nation’s best restored beaches.

The ASBPA is an industry group representing companies that specialize in beach nourishment. Nonetheless, the recognition that the Dare County project was one of the best in the nation is quite a accomplishment. 

The ASBPA ranks projects on three criteria:

Judging was based on three criteria:

» The economic and ecological benefits the beach brings to its community;

» The short- and long-term success of the restoration project; and

» The challenges each community overcame during the course of the project.

There can be little doubt that the projects have already saved local towns money. This was a particularly harsh winter with a series of winter storms pushing the surf up to days of 10-15’ waves. Typically when that happens there is considerable overwash with towns taking action to pump seawater out of low-lying areas.

In the past, Kitty Hawk has been one of the hardest hit towns, often required to pump flood waters out three or four times a year. This year, according to Mayor Gary Perry, as reported in the Outer Banks Voice, “It’s already done a wonderful job as far as keeping us from having to pump (away overwash), normally we got to the point we had to pump after every nor’easter and we haven’t had to pump one time since.
The intra-local project included the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills with partnership funding from Dare County. Nags Head nourished their beach in 2011 and plan on re-nourishing in 2019.