Sand for Beach Nourishment in Lower Chesapeake Bay

by Carl H. Hobbs, Coll of William & Mary, Virginia, Inst of Marine Science, Gloucester, Point, VA, USA,
Robert J. Byrne, Coll of William & Mary, Virginia, Inst of Marine Science, Gloucester, Point, VA, USA,
Robert A. Gammisch, Coll of William & Mary, Virginia, Inst of Marine Science, Gloucester, Point, VA, USA,
Robert J. Diaz, Coll of William & Mary, Virginia, Inst of Marine Science, Gloucester, Point, VA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The Virginia Institute of Marine Science designed and performed an inventory of the resources of sand in the southernmost portion of Chesapeake Bay. The primary purpose of the project was to locate a sufficient quantity of sand suitable for use in three beach nourishment and protection projects. The sand inventory embodied four separate but distinctly interrelated phases: three dimensional mapping of the resource, consideration of the area's biological resources and the possible environmental consequences of dredging and beach nourishment, evaluation of the various engineering options for mining the sand, and a synthesis so as to suggest the priorities of sites to dredge and the methods to use for delivering the sand to shore.

Subject Headings: Sandy soils | Sand (hydraulic) | Beach nourishment | Bays | Coastal management | Dredging | Inventories | Chesapeake Bay region

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