The southeastern United States is known for its broad sandy beaches and visitors travel from across the globe to enjoy our coast. In the face of erosion, coastal communities are renourishing their beaches to help maintain tourism, provide local enjoyment and protect investment. It is more than just sediment data that goes into completing a beach renourishment project.
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The Grand Strand region of the South Carolina coast is a popular coastal tourist destination, annually hosting over 4.6 million visitors. Since the mid-1980’s the region has completed three major beach renourishment projects involving over 8 million cubic yards of sand.
This map illustrates some of the data layers available in the Portal, which are factors that impact beach renourishment project design – sediment type, sea turtles, shorebird nesting, and hard bottom areas. Note that for an actual beach renourishment construction project, more site specific information is gathered and evaluated.
Sea Turtle Nests (South Carolina)
Shorebird Nests (South Carolina)