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    Its the END...

    ...of the world as we know it! Well not quite, but the great beach breaks from south bethany straight on through 5th street are about to go to crap. It has taken years to wash the sand away that has has exposed the groins and given some great waves over the past couple of years. but all good things must end and in september, the core is going to dredge one of the biggest beach replenishments ever done in the states right here delaware. but check this out. middlesex refused to dredge, soooo, i don't know if they are going to leave a cove there or what, but it could get an interesting wave there if they just leave middlesex out...think about it??? and if I recall correctly, last time they dredged in b-town, north oc reaped the benefits and gladly excepted all the sand as it started washing down towards fenwick. and, rehoboth and has started coming back to life from their recent replenishment. good on ya mate! yin-yan bad and good, waves and no waves!

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    its so frustrating seeing that stretch of beach be a waste land of absolutely no surf b/c of dredging there. We have a house in Bethany and its painful heading into OC when you think of what could be in your front yard. Sounds like its going to get worse.

    Thanks for the 411.

    -CR

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    Yeah... we got the big SUCK mid OC in the fall... and it does suck. For a little while anyway, but if your like me you'll be impressed how fast mother nature will fight back. Be careful though it'll be stupid shallow the first few good swells.

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    sand replenishment

    yeah i hate to be a stickler douchebag but it's not called dredging its called "beach fill" or the the title i used, anyway it usually makes the waves suck, they do it in jersey all the time but not the strip where i live thankfully, it really messed up monmouth county but some spots like ocean city and atlantic city recovered quicker, good luck and fight them if you want, the lbi project was delayed for a while and not completly done because people lobbied against it

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    We dont know how the beaches would react. It may mean that it will be a sick shorey, or more sand at another spot which could make that spot aweasome. The sand will move where it wants. Bethany is stupid because the sand will just wash away again.

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    I think a lot of time with the beach replenishments, the breaks initially are made worse, because there's a lot of loose sand moving around. The loose sand, rather than the solid bottom, is worse for good breaking waves.

    Take a look at main stretch of beach in rehoboth with their beach replenishment a year or two ago. That place got ruined. They used to have a decent wave break off the jetties, but last summer (I haven't been there since then) it would go from real deep to shallow all of a sudden and the surf would just surge on shore - making for terrible surf.

    Beach replenish may not be good for the surf, but were not going to be able to aviod it in a lot of areas. Bethany will continue to get replenished every so often or else it will be become our next sandbar! The beach/tourist industry is too profitable to let that happen.

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    The dirty secret in beach replenishment is that although there is more beach area for tourons to sit on, there is nowhere safe for them to go play in the water due to the steep, powerful, shorebreak. I have been told by guards (but not seen statistics) that after replenishment, the number of beach injuries goes way up.

    I am suprised that noone (that I know of) with a serious shorebreak injury has yet sued a munincipality for creating the hazardous conditions that caused the injury. Something the Bethany local gov't ought to be thinking about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    I think a lot of time with the beach replenishments, the breaks initially are made worse, because there's a lot of loose sand moving around. The loose sand, rather than the solid bottom, is worse for good breaking waves.
    That really makes a lot of sense. I think they need to stop dredging and pumping sand and do something else. Its just a short term repetitive process that keeps the army corps employed and doesnt really do much at all except disrupt the ocean.