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Mining Offshore for Future Coastal Restoration

  • Coastal Institute Auditorium URI Narragansett Bay Campus South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI, 02882 United States (map)

About: Three years ago, Misquamicut State Beach 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
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