|Two bucks spotted June 1 in Seabrook Island dunes|
Seabrook is located just South of Charleston and slightly North of Edisto and the ACE Basin, including several miles of front beach, and one side of the North Edisto River Inlet. A precious shorebird nesting area known as Deveaux Bank lies just off the beach at Seabrook Island, and brown pelicans, shorebirds (red knot) and other birds are in focus here. To say that all forms of marine life thrives in this estuary would not be an understatement, and renourished beaches can also translate into healthy sand dunes where another suite of songbirds and wildlife can thrive. Congrats to Seabrook Island!
|Red Knot with tag in S.C. - photo by Fletcher Smith|
ASBPA press release:
Each inlet relocation has required more than one attempt to close the old channel – the most difficult aspect of projects like this. With each project, construction efficiencies have improved and the result was ultimately the same: a viable new inlet was created, and the old inlet stayed closed so that sand in the abandoned ebb tidal delta moved onshore and naturally nourished Seabrook Island’s beach. The results have been a cost effective management strategy for maintaining a healthy shoreline. The positive ecological impacts of the project include creating additional dry sand beach above the high tide line for turtle nesting sites and maintaining unvegetated washovers and tidal pool areas for additional piping plover habitat.
The project results in an accreting shoreline downcoast that promotes the formation of healthy dunes to protect the island from tidal surges associated with large storms. The sand that accumulates on the beach is a fine sand from shoals that move in from just offshore that matches the existing sand on the beach perfectly without utilizing offshore sand resources.
“The Seabrook Island restoration project clearly demonstrates the importance of developing a long -term management plan that works with the natural processes to overcome severe erosion,” said Weishar. “This project shows that a beach restoration project can be successful in a dynamic environment if you clearly understand the coastal processes and develop a plan that works with the coastal processes to achieve the restoration of the beach.”