Past Project Information

Beach disposal or sand replacement activities on Bald Head Island since 1991.

Year Volume Sponsor Location
1991 0.35 ± Mcy VBHI (Sta. 24+00 to 138+00)
1996 0.65 ± Mcy VBHI (Sta. 24+00 to 142+00)
1997 0.45 ± Mcy VBHI (Sta. 24+00 to 128+00)
2001 1.849 ± Mcy USACE* South Beach (Sta. 41 +60 to 205+50)
2005 1.217 ± Mcy USACE* South Beach (Sta. 46+00 to 126+00)
2006 47,800 cy VBHI West Beach (Sta. 16+00 to 34+00)
2007 0.9785 ± Mcy USACE* South Beach (Sta. 46+00 to 174+00)
2009/10 1.850 ± Mcy VBHI West Beach (Sta. 8+00 to 32+00)
South Beach (Sta. 40+00 to 190+00)
2012 137,990 cy FEMA/VBHI West Beach & Western South Beach
2013 1.566 ± Mcy USACE* South Beach (Sta. 44+00 to 150+00)
2013 92,500 cy USACE* West Beach (Sta. 8+00 to 27+00)
2015 1.33 ± Mcy USACE* South Beach (Sta. 41 +50 to 154+00)
2016/17 50,000 cy VBHI West Beach and Row Boat Row
2018/19 1.1 Mcy VBHI South Beach (Sta. 49+00 to Sta. 146+00)
20211.61 McyUSACE*South Beach (Sta. 60+00 to Sta. 212+00)
20231.3 McyUSACE*South Beach (Sta. 60+00 to Sta. 165+00)

* Disposal pursuant to the Wilmington Harbor Sand Management Plan (Appendix A).

VBHI = Village of Bald Head Island
USACE = US Army Corps of Engineers
FEMA = Federal Emergency Management Agency

Click HERE for aerial photos showing the location of the stations referenced above. 

Location of beach disposal or sand replacement projects on BHI.  Adapted from the table above by Coastal Protection Engineering of NC, Inc. and color-coded by the Village to indicate the project sponsor.

Erosion Control Structures (1994 to 2019)

Year Location Description
1994 Western South Beach Sandbag revetment located along 645 feet of the back-beach berm.
1996 (March) Western South Beach Sixteen (16) soft groins (geotextile tube-type structures) were constructed of geotextile material and sand fill.
2003/2004 Western South Beach Rehabilitation of 1994 constructed sandbag revetment. Revetment lengthened by approximately 200 reel and base width increased to 40 ft and crest elevation raised to +12 ft-NGVD.
2005 (January to March) Western South Beach Replacement of 1996 constructed sand tube groin field. Minor changes in groin location were made in an effort to improve performance. Similarly, experimental “tapered” tubes were deployed in an attempt to better accommodate beach profile recession over time.
2009 Western South Beach Complete rehabilitation of the sand tube groin field. Some adjustment of groin lengths, and the westward relocation of groin no. 16 were made in an attempt to refine the project design.
2011 Western South Beach 300 ft. sandbag revetment was constructed on the downdrift (western side) of the last sand tube groin in order to protect several endangered residential structures.
2013 Western
South Beach
In the spring of 2013, the westernmost five (5) sand tube groins were replaced in their entirety. This work was co-funded by FEMA as part of a post-Irene damage mitigation effort. The project P. W. was BHGJS04 in accordance with FEMA declaration 4019 DR NC.
2015 Western
In the spring of 2015, construction was initiated on a single 1,300 ft. long rock terminal groin designed to complement future placement or beach fill at South Beach. At that time, the westernmost three (3) geotextile tube groins were removed in their entirety. A detailed description of the project is provided in Monitoring Report No. 15 (Olsen 2017).
2015 Bald
The two marina entrance channel structures seaward of Row-Boot-Row originally constructed by Bald Head Island, Ltd., were modified through the addition of rock extensions.
2017 Row Boat Row Two (2) detached breakwaters were constructed just north of the Marina Entrance. Construction details are provided in Monitoring Report No. 16 (Olsen. 2018).
2019 Western
All remaining 13 sand tube groins were removed and replaced.
Bald Head Island’s Terminal Groin – After successfully lobbying with other NC municipalities and coastal organizations for a state law to allow a limited number of terminal groins (now up to 6) in the state of North Carolina, BHI was the first to construct one in 2015/2016. (Photo from Olsen & Associates Monitoring Report No.14)