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Terminal groins considered for slowing beach erosion


Some local leaders traveled to Raleigh today to push for a way they say will help slow beach erosion. As of now terminal groins are prohibited in North Carolina. Come April that may all change.

A groin is a hardened structure similar to a jetty typically built of rocks that extends out from the coastline with the intention of controlling erosion by trapping sand. Today the state science panel discussed the possibility of constructing terminal groins along the coast. Some local leaders from our beach towns made the trip to join the discussion.

"I've been involved in this from the beginning, and I will continue to be involved in it," Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons said. "My town supports the idea of this being a tool in the toolbox, as do most of the beach towns on the coast of North Carolina. This is not a situation where one or two communities are trying to make something happen. There's broad support for the idea of allowing a terminal groin to be in the toolbox."

State scientists are concerned that building structures along the coast will have unknown ripple effects on the shoreline. The Coastal Resources Commission will make a recommendation to policymakers April 1.

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All groins are not the same.
Take a look at these.

Terminal groins

NC Beach communities don't have a clue what terminal groins will - or will not - do...which, in the best case scenario isn't much and, in the worst case scenario, is significant damage.

These communities only want groins as a "tool in the toolbox" because they've been told they want them by coastal engineering firms who get paid a lot of money to build them.

Look at satallite photos of

Look at satallite photos of this it doesn't work, not too mention it creates very consistent rips next to the jetties, very dangerouse, it shrinks our beaches since we recommend staying 100 ft away from them. This is really a rediculouse idea. If you build homes on an island that consistently moves then be prepared!

Not to mention it also opens

Not to mention it also opens us up for furture building of hard stabilizations. Once one goes up everyone is going to want something. The current regulations should stay in place.

Why so against giving it a try

Everywhere in NC that the coast has been hardened, it has been a success. An entire nature preserve has been created behind North Masonborough jetty and the beach behind the South jetty is legendary. Fort Fisher, fantastic. Fort Macon, fantastic. Oregon Inlet, saved. Fishing is great around all the structures, pumped sand is sterile.

Please tell me where there has been a single failure of hardening in NC?

The groins will work--that is why the opposition is so set against even experimentation---the truth is, those opposed enjoy seeing homes washed into the ocean and most opposed have no stake in the matter other than sunbathing or taking a stroll.

"erosion control"

The areas immediately west or south of shoreline erosion devices are usually starved of sand. This is because the sand is trapped on the north or east side of the device and is not allowed to travel along the shoreline, as it normally would. This is true at both Fort Fisher and Fort Macon, so some might consider them failures. Fort Macon's swim beach is currently affected.

A nature preserve has been

A nature preserve has been created behing North Masanborough Jetty? You mean the island. Confusing? Have you seen fort Fisher lately. The sand is gone there is mostly exposed rock and slippery sand bags Not to mention the amount of drownings each year in that area because of the rips that are created. The failures. South End Jetty and Shell Island almost fell in years ago. Nature is bigger than man. Structures are temporary and only cost more money in the future when they fail. Nature will do what it will. Plant sea oats stay off the dunes at hope your home doesn't wash in!