Dune Restoration / Beach Nourishment

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Increasing the volume of a beach or dune through nourishment provides a physical buffer between the sea and inland areas. This buffer can naturally shift during storms, unlike hard structures, such as seawalls and bulkheads. As waves hit a beach or dune and sediments move and shift, the wave energy is absorbed, protecting landward areas from the full brunt of the storm. To maintain dunes as an effective physical buffer, sediment may need to be added regularly to maintain the dune’s height, width, and volume at appropriate levels.

R1921 - Fernandina Beach Dune Restoration

FDEP - Beaches Programs
Solution TimelineIntermediate
Adaptation InfrastructureGreen
Degree of ProtectionMedium
Relative Cost ($, $$, $$$)$$$