Shore towns use sand dredged from inlets to widen beaches

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WAYNE PARRY / AP / WASHINGTON POST – Two common problems in coastal areas — eroded beaches, and clogged inlets hazardous for boat traffic — have a mutual solution.

Coastal areas around the country are dredging clogged inlets to make them easier and safer to navigate, and using the sand they suck from the bottom to widen beaches damaged by natural erosion or serious storms.

It’s not cheap — one project in New Jersey will cost more than $18 million — but it is popular from Cape Cod to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and along the Pacific coast.

New Jersey has two such projects underway. One is deepening the Little Egg Inlet, one of the widest in the state that has never been dredged. The U.S. Coast Guard last March removed navigational buoys because sand buildup was so severe that no safe channel could be marked …

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