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Disappearing Beaches a N.J. Concern




New Jersey's beaches are crucial to tourism, the No. 1 industry in the state.
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New Jersey residents, politicians, experts and the Army Corps of Engineers met recently to work on alleviating the problem of the state's disappearing beaches. This is an important issue for the state as the beaches are crucial to tourism, which is the number one industry in New Jersey.

"We've probably lost 500,000 cubic yards in last two years," Avalon Emergency Manager Harry DeButts said. Some of the north end beaches in Avalon have lost the equivalent of 125 feet of sand from the dune to the water.

Three other N.J. cities, Ocean City, Sea Isle, and Strathmere utilize geo-tubes to create an artificial dune that will not erode. "To protect the shore, it's simply pumping sand into a geo-textile fabric, in effect they are long sausage like shapes, and they create a barrier along the shoreline to protect the property behind it," Ocean City engineer George Savastano explained.

Others say the best alternative, though costly, is to replenish the sand. Ocean City spends roughly $8-10 million a year every three years for beach replenishment.

Source: CBS3.com


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