Summary of Beach Replenishment on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Shoreline

Katharine L. Dixon, Orrin H. Pilkey Jr.


Beach replenishment is an increasingly popular coastal management option in the United States. The national experience in artificial beach construction, however, is largely undocumented. Following the PILKEY and CLAYTON (1989) data summary of beach replenishment on U.S. Atlantic coast barrier islands, this paper summarizes beach replenishment on the U.S. coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The Pacific coast has been examined also (CLAYTON, 1989). The study is approaching a stage from which the beach replenishment alternative can be evaluated on a national scale (LEONARD et al., 1989, LEONARD et al. (in press [a]).

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