Dune Building on a Developed Coast: Lavallette, NJ

by Mark N. Mauriello, NJ Dep of Environmental Protection, Trenton, NJ, USA,
Susan D. Halsey, NJ Dep of Environmental Protection, Trenton, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


After the Federal disaster declaration due to the March, 1984 northeast storm, FEMA's Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team recommended to the Municipality that it suspend the existing beach maintenance program, and replace it with 1) a permanent, vegetated dune field just seaward of the boardwalk, and 2) a return to a natural equilibrium beach profile conditions. This paper chronicles the pre-1984 storm conditions at Lavallette, the results of the 1984 storm in this municipality, the post-storm dune building program and its success in preventing any damage from Hurricane Gloria. This latter success has made Lavallette's experiment a model for other developed municipalities along the New Jersey Coast.

Subject Headings: Dunes | Government buildings | Buildings | Storms | Beach profiles | Coastal management | Local government | Maintenance and operation | New Jersey | United States

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