Cape Cod’s beaches are eroding at an alarming rate. Rock seawalls and breakwaters built to protect homes are, in some cases, actually stopping beach migration and starving downdrift shorelines of the sediment needed to replenish the shoreline system.
In many cases, development and infrastructure changes to our landscape have interrupted the natural movement of sand on Cape Cod. Rising sea levels and increased severity of wind, storm surge, and flooding intensify the problem.
One method for stabilization and shoreline protection is beach nourishment, which means dredging or taking sand from elsewhere and putting it back on the beach. CIE has a successful track record in the analysis, permitting, and execution of beach nourishment projects.