$11 Million Beach Replenishment Faces Erosion from Emily | Environment

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$11 Million Beach Replenishment Faces Erosion from Emily
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$11 Million Beach Replenishment Faces Erosion from Emily

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Just about every five years the Army Corps of Engineers puts millions of dollars worth of work and time into replenishing Duval County beaches.

It's a constant job, considering waves are a non-stop erosion machine, basically wiping out any work that gets done.

And with the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily potentially kicking the waves into high gear, that could mean even more erosion than normal. And that's if the storm stays hundreds of miles off shore.

First Coast News asked the folks at the Army Corps of Engineers if they were worried about their project being washed away, and they said no.

"Well that's the whole purpose of the project, to protect structures from hurricane damage," said renourishment project director Steve Bass.

They've been working on this latest renourishment project since July 8; you may have noticed all the dredging equipment off shore, as well as pipes and bulldozers on the beach.

"We're almost done, and that's a good thing," Bass said. "That protection is in place in case a storm hits Duval County."

They say the extra sand they're pulling in from offshore adds a thinker boundary layer that will provide a barrier for beach homes and condos. They also say it will limit storm surge damage.

Bass said it's an $11 million project funded mostly by federal money (62 percent) with the rest coming from city and county sources.

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