The Fox Guarding the Hen House

Orrin H. Pilkey


To date more than 200 beaches in the U.S. have been replenished on coasts in a wide variety of oceanographic settings. A careful review of that experience should provide a sound basis for improvement of beach design parameters.

A recent report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides such a review of the federal experience with replenished beaches. Unfortunately, the document presents a defense of the agency's actions rather than an objective analysis of them. The report cannot provide a basis for objective examination of beach design.



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