The hopper dredge BE Lindholm is anchored off the coast while dozers move sand that was dredged from the ocean's floor, Virginia Beach, Virginia, April 11, 2013. The $13.3 million non-federal project included the dredging and placement of approximately 2 million cubic yards of sand along public beachfront from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the Dam Neck Naval facility, Virginia. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
Authorized by Section 101(22) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992, Public Law 102-580 as amended, the project consists of a beach berm with an average width of 50 feet and an elevation of 6 feet National Geodetic VerticalDatum involves an area approximately 5 miles long and 725 feet wide. It extends from the Dam Neck Fleet Training Center at Dam Neck to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, Va.
The project, which ends 2048, requires periodic beach nourishment, since the coastline and adjacent development is vulnerable to direct wave attacks during storms and hurricanes.
The previous storm-damage project was completed in 2013, but due to natural coastal impacts and multiple smaller storms, the sand placed in 2013 has eroded and the infrastructure behind the beach berm will be at risk in the event of a large storm.
This year, Sandbridge will save nearly $140 million in preventable damage from these protection measures, according to calculations based on historical storm damage to existing infrastructure, as well as analysis of certain storms with associated wave impacts.
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