Beach replenishment at the shore

May 21, 2008 9:27:41 PM PDT
There was a major moving project underway Wednesday night. Crews went to work after sunset, to being replenishing the beach along North Street, in Ocean City.

A giant excavator was used to install a piece of machinery; a cage-like thing that holds a giant pipe. The pipe uses a vacuum to suck sand and water from far out on the ocean floor, then sprays it onto the beach.

Beach replenishment, or nourishment, as it's sometimes known, is a temporary fix that often must be repeated every several years.

Ocean City's work was supposed to be done last year, but was delayed.

The project under way now will result in nearly 600,000 cubic yards of sand being placed on the beach from Longport Bridge to 12th Street.

The work should be completed in time for Memorial Day, next Monday, so beaches will be nice and smooth for bathers.

It will also help repair damage caused by mother nature. The recent spring nor'easter that hit our area took a toll on the shore, and caused erosion on a number of beaches.