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Beach Nourishment


There will soon be "More Beach To Love" on the Outer Banks. The towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills will be undergoing beach nourishment in 2017. Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline.

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Projected 2017 Beach Nourishment Schedules*


Start Date

End Date



 Last Week of May  August 19, 2017  90 days


Late May

Early July

45 days

Southern Shores

Late June/Early July Early July 7 days

Kitty Hawk

Early July


74 days

Kill Devil Hills

Early August


40 days


*This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes. The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change. This information will be updated as new information becomes available. Please keep in mind that mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land based machinery, will begin approximately one month prior to construction to be ready once the dredge is on site.