Beach Nourishment


This beach nourishment update was produced by Current TV and highlights the beach nourishment project that is ongoing in Nags Head and other communities on the Outer Banks.

Beach Nourishment: What You Need To Know

In 2019, there will be "More Beach To Love" on the Outer Banks! Beach nourishment will be occuring in the town of Nags Head from milepost 11 to milepost 21.  

What Is Beach Nourishment?

Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sand is taken from either a sandbar, a dredged inlet, or an offshore borrow site on the ocean floor. Beach nourishment increases defense from coastal storms and beach erosion saving beaches and homes and business that border the beaches. Locals and visitors alike know that beach nourishment is necessary to protect the beautiful beaches we all love so dearly.

How Will The Beach Nourishment Process Affect Me? 

Any given section of beach might be shut down for 4 to 6 days to ensure public safety. Bulldozers, loaders, and excavators will be used in this process. This equipment contains back up lights and alarms so it may be a bit noisy. Shore pipeline will be laid to allow for sand to be pumped from the offshore station to the active construction site. This pipeline will run parallel to the beach so they will be visible, however, sand ramps will be built over the pipelines to allow safe access from the beach to the ocean. 

While specific areas will be affected for a limited time, the nourishment process isn’t terribly disruptive and you can still enjoy soaking up the sun, playing in the waves, and spending time with friends and family on your Outer Banks vacation! And, even better? When the beach nourishment is complete, not only will we have more beach to love, but our beautiful shoreline will be better protected from storms and erosion.

Nags Head beach nourishment calls for sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach during the summer of 2019 from around milepost 11 to around milepost 21. 

Click below for beach nourishment updates for each town including work schedules and impact zones. 


Nags Head Beach Nourishment



For more information and updates visit the More Beach To Love website.