In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, costal development and engineering is one of the many issues coming into the light. This article calls attention to how the destruction of the beaches of New Jersey could be partially attributed to the fact that those sands were not naturally occurring, but actually existed solely because of the importation of sand, referred to as “Beach Nourishment” from offshore.
It begs the question, where did these “offshore” sands come from? What sort of ocean environments were disturbed in the creation of these beaches? Additonally, what sort of terrestrial and oceanic environments were harmed as Sandy redistributed these sands? Finally, do the benefits outweigh the costs?
Hillary Chisolm is a senior studying Environmental Studies at Bates College in Maine