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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




Mid to Late May

Mid to Late July

60 days

Kitty Hawk



60 days

Kill Devil Hills

Early August

Early to Mid-Sept

35-45 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.