Topsail Beach re-nourishment project

Beach erosion is a problem that has no real permanent solution. But, each year millions of dollars are spent on beach re-nourishment, which is no different in Topsail Beach. Local, state and federal governments are now footing the bill to re-nourish Topsail Beach. The state just approved a total of $3 million for an emergency beach re-nourishment project. The residents will pay an additional $7 million to have the ocean dredged and sand pumped onto the beach. The mayor says it's has to be done to save the beach, even if everyone isn't pleased with the price tag. Topsail Beach mayor Howard Braxton said, "It was a lot of mixed emotions with it because any time you have to spend money, and were talking a thousand or more depending on where you live how much you would put out." This emergency project will start in January, and will continue to maintain the beach until a larger $32 million re-nourishment project funded by the government begins in 2015.

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Beach erosion does have a "permanent" solution: Holmberg Technologies (www.erosion.com). Holmberg's passive methods have over 30 years of credible documentation --university studies, professional engineering reports and the empirical data-- to attest to its success, environmental soundness and sustainability. NC's great Hugh Morton attempted to get Topsail to go forward with a demonstration project of this technology years ago. Unfortunately for Topsail citizens, its natural environments and its sealife, the dredging and coastal consultant industries have sold officials on highly profitable beach nourishment projects which are environmentally devastating and fiscally/physically unsustainable. Beach nourishment is a starvation diet causing more beach erosion and habitat destruction. Erosion is not natural; most of it is now manmade especially from navigational dredging and offshore sandmining for beach fill. In many ways, we are losing our coastlines to greed, not erosion. We do have alternative methods which are more cost effective both for the taxpayer and the environment. Holmberg is the best documented of these. Jerry Berne Sustainable Shorelines, Inc. (www.sustainableshorelines.org) Sustainable Shorelines is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to documenting current environmental events on our shorelines, identifying and seeking to change those coastal policies and practices which are harmful and advocating protecting our coastal habitats and the ecosystems these support with methods proven to be environmentally sound and sustainable.
The people that are putting millions of dollars worth of homes on beach front and sounds side and river banks, Pay for it. Topsail has known for years about the beaches washing away and continue to build and then insurance companies won't write policys for water front property. Put it in their payment plan and start funding it. Let people like myself enjoy it take care of it pick up my trash even thou I live 5 miles from the beach. YEAR ROUND
Beach renourishment is only a bandaid which we spend millions upon millions of dollars on and it only gets washed out to sea because you can't stop Mother Nature. When you change the flow, such as cutting an inlet, channels for boaters, jettys for boaters, fill in wetlands or clearing dunes for development or constructing high rises on the ocean front or river fronts then you're bound to have repurcusions. Be prepared to continue spending the millions. Just think where those millions could be spent for the betterment of human kind & nature if we enforced officials & developers to do what's right instead of what would increase their bottom line. You can increase the economy substantially by making right choices and being responsible.
In case you haven't noticed, those thousands of houses on Topsail Island ARE part of a booming economy that is based upon the beach. Allowing houses to start falling into the ocean will not "increase the economy." Everyone accepts that continual beach replenishment is the cost of living on a barrier island that is moved South by littoral currents. Now, I'm sure that you had some Barney/Sesame Street free-lunch give-away in mind when you were talking about the "betterment of humankind," but rest assured that beach replenishment betters the humankind who live on, work on, or simply visit the island. Just as the Dutch spend hundreds of millions of Euros every year to keep the North Sea from flooding a third of their country, we can manage beach erosion through periodic replenishment.
I understand the issue with the beach and tourist. the beach needs to be kept up. I have no issue with this, but there are other people in the county that have erosion problems along the cape fear river. why cant we get any help with this? we are loosing out land by the foot. are there any programs that we can use? heck all we need is dirt.
Here's the difference: Most of the barrier islands are PUBLIC beaches. Everything below the high tide mark/primary dune is public land. Millions of people travel to them every Summer to swiw, boat, or just lounge in the Sun. They are an integral part of the state's economy. Are you ready to open your river property to the public? Then the state isn't interested in your plight. Is the erosion of your property creating a hazard to navigation? Then the federal government isn't interested in your problem.
To the person concerned about erosion on the river. I used to work for a dredging company and we were working on a job on the James River in Virgina, near Williamsburg. They had bad erosion of the river banks on that river and they were undergoing a massive bank restoration project. They were bringing in lots of dirt, and grading the banks, and topping it with riprap rock. It was very interesting, but I'm not sure who was paying for it. It could have been a Corps of Engineers funded project, or a State of Virgina funded project. To restore the bank of your property, you will probably want to put out a lot of riprap rock after you fill the dirt. Good luck.