"Beach-replenishment projects change the way the waves break. Waves usually go from having directional breaks that crash gradually — often due to a slowly sloping beach floor or a sandbar just offshore — to crashing straight onto beaches with a more severe slope.
The sand from the project often covers those sandbars, jetties and other permanent structures. This provides straighter-looking beaches and, more importantly, a sizable buffer between the destructive ocean and oceanfront homes.
“It’s almost like we woke up one day, the beach was 300 feet wider and the waves were gone … we got hosed,” John Weber, the Surfrider Foundation’s northeast regional manager, said of one of the 1990s projects in Monmouth County."
I've seen A LOT of posts on here about replenishment so I thought I'd drop a little knowledge so people know not to fight it, but fight HOW they do it.
"Keith Watson, a project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia office, said his agency, as well as the state and local agencies it partners with, routinely solicit input from stakeholders before starting replenishment projects. As a result, Watson said, the corps no longer “overfills” certain areas along the coast just to have shorelines that are straight.
“We try to have the beaches follow the existing shoreline and nourished as close as possible to the existing slope,” said Watson, adding that wave breaks usually return to their pre-construction form in a matter of months. “But some beaches do return faster than others.”
Again, people will listen if a group voices opposition against certain projects or ask that sand bars be taken into account so it doesn't permanently destroy the beach. The dangerous thing about not taking into account sand bars when doing replenishment is that most of these breaks are permantely destoryed in many cases and this of course means more crowds elsewhere. So even if you don't surf the specific spot, it makes sense to preserve it.
Last edited by shark-hunter; Mar 23, 2014 at 08:10 PM.
Also, in that article surfers are talking about a reef being built offshore.(He's been watching too many pipeline videos. This isn't hawaii. We don't have the swells to take advantage of a reef)
Why is this a bad idea?
#1 95% of ec swells are under 12 seconds and are generally small. Reefs require large powerful ground swells to create barrels. Sand bars are MUCH better 95% of the time for the type of waves the ec get. Beach break waves are incredibly fun and fast as well and can form incredibly perfect waves as some recent vidoes from nj can attest. These would all be gone if all the sandbars were replaced with a reef.
#2 Insanely expensive to put up a reef over the entire nj coast obviously.
#3 BEACH break waves are really a fun type of wave
Now obviously you could a build a 1/4 mile long reef for surfers! Put it in an area that has bad waves already. But that would be in addition to the working sandbars, not as a replacement for the entire shoreline of NJ. The installation of something like that would be purely so nj could have a place that could really handle a huge hurricane swell and for wave variety.
Last edited by shark-hunter; Mar 23, 2014 at 08:18 PM.