Poll: Beach Replenishment — Saving the Shore, Hurting the Environment?
Beach replenishment is expensive and — by some lights — ineffective, since any sand dredged up will ultimately wind up back in the water. Do we stay the course?
The state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are about to embark on a $3 billion effort — that could last until 2060 — to purchase sand and. As most New Jerseyans are aware, the Shore was badly damaged by superstorm Sandy, but the resultant replenishment effort is now winding down. Some environmentalists and observers think this new effort is misguided because the sand will eventually return to the ocean despite our best efforts.
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