The Unending Battle

Another Nor’ester has plowed up the Atlantic Seaboard and while North Carolina largely avoided scenes like that in the Boston suburbs of the ocean breaching seawalls and flooding homes and businesses,  all along the Atlantic coast, the storm claimed millions of cubic yards of sand.  A quick visit to the Bogue Banks of North Carolina quickly confirmed the beach erosion.

Further north, along the southern Outer Banks, North Carolina Highway 12 was again temporarily closed due to ocean overwash.   All along the coast, sand fences were erected to hang onto what was left.  

A shot of the vital dune line at Emerald Isle, North Carolina is a vivid reminder of what’s at stake.

Since 1979, the minimum oceanfront setback requirement for permanent structures in North Carolina is 30 times either the historical long-term erosion rate or two feet per year, whichever is larger. It’s measured from the seaward line of stable dune vegetation.   That’s why when you visit the beach, you’ll see signs posted every one hundred feet or so up and down the coast that read, “Stay Off The Dunes.”   Thanks for your visit. See you next time.

2 thoughts on “The Unending Battle

  1. Unending battle is right. Nothing stays the same. All we can expect is change..the beat goes on..the sand comes and goes as the storms continue their mission to keep us guessing and wondering what is next.

    Your pictures document the story so well. Thank you for your photographic view of the power of nature.

  2. Beautiful photos John – my daughter loves in the town of Nags Head and your first picture looks like the beaches near her house. Hopefully Mother Nature will fill it back in over time

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