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A Million Cubic Yards Of Sand To Renourish Eroded Brevard Beaches

Satellite Beach. Photo by Amy Green

Hurricanes Irma and Matthew are prompting a $17 million beach renourishment effort in Brevard County.

More than a million cubic yards of sand will replenish eroded beaches from Cape Canaveral to Melbourne Beach.

Liz Fiocchi of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the effort is aimed at boosting tourism and protecting the habitat for endangered species like sea turtles.

“A million cubic yards of sand is about the same size of sand, that big golf ball that is at the Epcot Center? So if you’re trying to visualize a quantity that’s how much material will be placed along the beach.”

The effort is scheduled to get underway later this month. It should be completed by the end of April, in time for sea turtle nesting season.

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About Amy Green

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Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »