I understand the artificial reef argument for surfer reasons, but the argument should be about banning construction of homes and mansions on the beach. Like making it 200 yards from the high tide mark. That would solve alot of problems, and wouldn't cost a dime. If a home within the zone is washed away you can't rebuild. This should take care of the problem in about 100 years.
Brigantine's (NJ) south end follows a similar rule, and they have never needed beach replenishment. whilst other nearby towns have spent millions in dredging and dumping sand, brigantine's south beaches have eroded very little.
Okay i am not a genius but Brigantine suffers with a ton of erosion. One reason why the South end does so well is due to the One Mile Jetty, that helps a lot. If you ever checked out the other side of the jetty like inlet side there is nothing really there anymore. When i was really little that is where i used to go to the beach. There would be sand almost a quarter mile out on the inlet side now there is absolutely nothing. Another thing is on the north end of Brigantine you have the Seawall but after that you have a 2 mile stretch of wildlife area with no houses at all. That under goes so much erosion some years its huge but then others at high tide you cant even make it to the point of the island and next inlet. And instead of dredging now they are moving by dump truck a ridiculous amount of sand funded by the state due to catastrophic storm we had early i forget one it was actually from though.
i would love a reef like this. one success in a jersey town would inevitably lead to reefs everywhere as towns scramble to keep their beaches at the cheapest price. imagine how epic that would be. but the first is always the hardest
I feel like no one will ever build there home's farther away from the shore... Those houses are just about as much money as we're putting into all this beach replenishment. If we did put in a reef, and it worked, I think it'd catch on everywhere. There are so many sources and articles about how there could be like a rincon rhode island and whatnot. I mean it could also be scuba dive able if the water were clear enough and that would generate a lot of tourism and stuff too. I think a successful one of these things would be real cool and beneficial.
limiting development and allowing the natural erosion and deposition processes to take place in areas that thrive on the economic impact of beach tourism will never happen. Erosion processes are of course natural. There is no way to stop it, but there is only temporary methods to combat it. But, anyway you cut, the cost/risk is well worth it for these towns to pump in millions every other year or so to pump sand and build structures that work a little bit.
On another note, probably the greatest threat of a global warming trend to our area, is going to be sea level rise. A lot of low lying areas could certainly be at risk if projections hold true over the next 50-100 years.
Last edited by Swellinfo; Apr 29, 2011 at 04:27 AM.