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Revitalizing Virginia's beaches

Published On: Apr 29 2013 07:25:02 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2013 04:52:43 PM CDT

Dredgers are working to replenish the sand at Virginia Beach's Oceanfront and Sandbridge beaches.

City water resources engineer Phil Roehrs says similar projects are planned for Ocean Park Beach and Chic's beach.

Roehrs tells The Virginian-Pilot that the local shorelines lost thousands of yards of cubic sand during the 2012 hurricane season.

Dredgers are replenishing the beaches with sand taken from the Atlantic Ocean's floor. Roehrs says more than 1 million cubic yards of new sand is being added at the Oceanfront. Sandbridge is getting 2 million cubic yards of new sand.

Ocean Park Beach is scheduled to receive about 200,000 cubic yards of sand later this year.

A replenishment project also is planned for Chic's Beach, but it might not begin for several years.