Palm Beach County has constructed or participated in at least 9 beach nourishment projects. This coastal management option provides storm protection to uplands by adding sand to the littoral system and reduces the need for coastal armoring. Potential environmental impacts are minimized by thorough geotechnical evaluation and careful delineation of a borrow area.
The Alaska dredged nearly 783,000 cubic yards of offshore sand for the Ocean Ridge Shore Protection Project in 1998.
Sand was transported from the dredge to the beach by floating and submerged pipe line.
Thirty inch pipe discharged up to 60,000 cubic yards of sand per day onto the beach.
Bull dozers moved and shaped the sand after it was pumped ashore.
The finished project, 1.42 miles long and 200 ft. wide, improves recreational value, provides habitat for protected sea turtles, and protects coastal property from storm damage.