Two years after Superstorm Sandy scoured Misquamicut Beach in 2012, the state trucked in 84,000 cubic yards of sand to restore the beach at a cost of $3.1 million in federal relief funds. If it happens again, or as lesser storms cause more gradual erosion, where will more sand come from? And at what cost?
Recognizing that Rhode Island’s beaches are a major economic driver, and that to maintain them will require further nourishment, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council sought an assessment of offshore sand resources for their potential for future beach replenishment.
On Tuesday, February 28, geologists John King, professor at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, and Bryan Oakley, assistant professor of environmental earth science at Eastern Connecticut University, will discuss their collective research on available offshore sand resources, as well as the amount needed to sustain Rhode Island’s southern shore, as part of the Coastal State Discussion Series at the Coastal Institute Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay campus in Narragansett. Directions
“The first step is figuring out what’s out there,” says Grover Fugate, executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council, regarding offshore sand. “Then we move into the discussion phase about who gets impacted, what are the impacts, and should we be doing this?”