Well, I brought my work-in-progress down to my Topsail Island condo for some quality revision time. I knew the Topsail Beach beach renourishment project was in full swing, but I didn’t realize I’d have a front row seat for the show! It’s hard to get anything done when I’m riveted by what’s going on outside my sliding glass doors. I have mixed feelings about beach renourishment–the property owner in me loves it, the environmentalist in me is not so sure, but it’s happening regardless and I thought I’d share some pictures of my formerly (and soon to be again) pristine beach.
Above is the way our beach used to look. This is not high tide. At high tide, there was sometimes no place to walk, the water coming clear up to the dune.
Here is the way our beach looked upon my arrival yesterday!
I can’t give you the scientific explanation, but sand is being pumped from someplace in the intracoastal waterway and sent via underground pipes out to the beach. In the picture above, we’re looking south, which has already been renourished. Here’s a another looking south at around high tide. You can clearly see the pipes coming out of the dune, which just blows my mind. Somehow they fed the pipes under the road and the dune. I’m glad I don’t have to figure out how to do this stuff. (I hope it’s my camera that was crooked and not the building in this picture…)
Here’s a closeup of the sand blowing out of the pipe.
And guess what? These guys work all night long, too! (That means bulldozer noise and beep-beep-beeping all night long.) Here’s my night shot. It looks like another planet out there.
My neighbor and I just got back from dinner and we watched them work in the dark, trying to figure out the method to their madness. Sand here, sand there, pushing it around in what looks like a random pattern, but I’m sure they know what they’re doing. They have to be finished with all of Topsail Beach by April 20th, in time for turtle season. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Meanwhile, where are my earplugs??