Beach Nourishment Update- June 29, 2017

That moment that we’ve all been anxiously awaiting is here…the Town of Duck Beach Nourishment project is complete! The Dodge and Padre Islands wrapped up last night and have demobilized to Kill Devil Hills. Please continue to exercise caution and patience while GLDD work as quickly as possible to remove equipment from the beach, which should be completed over the next few days.

The final public update meeting was held today, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall. A recording of that meeting can be seen here, on the Town webpage, and YouTube channel. Below is a before picture and after video courtesy of Julien Devisse of Coastal Planning & Engineering.

The Town of Duck would like to send out A HUGE THANK YOU to Coastal Planning & Engineering of North Carolina, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, the Liberty, Dodge and Padre Island dredge crews, and beach crews that worked around the clock to make this project a success. They were all great to work with and we hope that Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Southern Shores go just as smoothly as it did with us. Keep up with their progress at

The Town of Duck fencing and planting contractors have started fencing and planting the nourished beach area. Sand fence installation began on June 12th at the northern end of the project area and will continue working south. There will be a single row of 10’ sections spaced 7-10 apart on a 45-degree angle placed along the eastern top side of the dune. Due to the labor intensive nature of this project in the heat of the summer, this is expected to take several weeks. You will likely see our contractor in the early morning hours through lunchtime. If individual owners wish to install additional fencing, please contact Sandy Cross at 252-255-1234 or before doing so.

Sea Oat planting began in Mid-May however our contractor was asked to delay planting the nourished area until dredging was complete. Emerald Forest, our planting contractor, has been back planting sea oats on the north and south ends of the nourished areas and expect to finish the middle section late next week. The Sea oats will be planted at the western edge of the dune. They will also fertilize the eastern edge of the existing vegetation line that meets the new dune to promote improved rhizome growth and density.


   Before project began