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|Title:||Behavior of beach fill at Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Authors:||United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers|
Watts, George M.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|Publisher:||United States, Beach Erosion Board|
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
|Series/Report no.:||Technical memorandum (United States. Beach Erosion Board) ; no. 113.|
From the Introduction: During the years 1946 to 1951, a study of beach erosion at Virginia Beach, Virginia, was made by the Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the city of Virginia Beach to determine the most suitable method of restoring and preserving an adequate beach for protecting the seawall and upland, and for recreational use. A comprehensive analysis of the problem led to the conclusion that the erosion was the result of a deficiency in material supply, and that the most suitable plan of restoration and protection of the shore of Virginia Beach comprised artificial placement of suitable sand to provide a minimum beach width of 100 feet at elevation 7 feet above mean low water, and maintenance of this beach by periodic replenishment of losses to insure continuous protection. A groin system was included in the plan for deferred construction to be undertaken at such time as the estimated annual charges therewith would would be less than the annual cost of beach replenishment alone. The recommended beach fill was placed in 1952 and 1953. The basic survey of the shore and offshore area was made in 1946 with as a part of the cooperative study. Surveys of the beach zone were made by the Virginia Beach Erosion Commission immediately before the fill was placed and at frequent intervals thereafter. Additional surveys of the beach and offshore zones between Rudee Inlet and 49th Street were made in September 1955 and July 1958. The field survey data have been studied with a view to evaluating the movement and effectiveness of the 1952-53 beach fill and subsequent beach nourishment program.
|Rights:||Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.|
|Appears in Collections:||Technical Memorandum|