Discussion to Address Offshore Sand Mining for Beach Restoration

By Julian Colton, via Wikimedia Commons

Three years ago, Misquamicut State Beach in Rhode Island saw one of the most extensive beach restoration efforts in Rhode Island, and it most likely won’t be the last one. Two years after Superstorm Sandy scoured Misquamicut Beach in 2012, the state trucked in 84,000 cubic yards of sand to restore the beach, at a cost of $3.1 million in federal relief funds.

If it happens again, or as lesser storms cause more gradual erosion, where will more sand come from? And at what cost?

Recognizing that Rhode Island’s beaches are a major economic driver, and that to maintain them will require further nourishment, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council sought an assessment of offshore sand resources for their potential for future beach replenishment.

Geologists John King , University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, and Bryan Oakley, Eastern Connecticut State University, will discuss their collective research on available offshore sand resources, as well as the amount needed to sustain Rhode Island’s southern shore. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to mmhaas@uri.edu.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

4:00 pm 6:00 pm

Where: Coastal Institute Auditorium URI Narragansett Bay Campus
South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI, 02882

The Coastal State Discussion Series is a forum dedicated to highlighting current scientific research, finding solutions, and building partnerships centered around coastal communities and environments.

The goal of these events is to bring together scientists, resource managers, professionals, students, and interested stakeholders to learn about ongoing marine and coastal-related research efforts throughout the state, and to generate ideas and collaborations that utilize this knowledge in a way that best serves coastal communities and the environment now and in the future.

This series is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant with the support of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute, College of Environment and Life Sciences, and the Graduate School of Oceanography.