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State bill would lift ban on sea walls

A bill moving through the state Senate that would allow erosion-control walls that have been banned along the coast for years is pitting conservationists against beachfront homeowners and town against town.

The measure would allow walls that hold back sand to be built at inlets to control erosion. The bill is being pushed despite concerns that building a wall to trap sand on one side of a wall will cause erosion on the other, and questions from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources about the long-term maintenance costs.  Read the details at



3 thoughts on “State bill would lift ban on sea walls

  1. Simple solution, build that wall on both sides of the inlet. they did it in OC MD and it is working and let me tell you their inlet is much smaller than origon inlet. Also, put the walls all along the beach. Remember also, when a nor easter moves sand south all one needs to do is wait for a so easter and the sand will move back north.

    Posted by Bob Neiderlander | March 5, 2011, 3:17 pm
  2. National Park Service owns the land on north side of Oregon Inlet. Hopefully if this bill gets passed, sometime in the future Fed policy will change and the inlet will be protected. Right now it costs about $15 million a year just to keep a channel open for commercial fisherman. The more they dredge the worse the current gets and then the channel fills in and we start over again only this time a little further south. I also never believe anything I read in the N&O about environmental issues or pretty much any thing I read in N&O

    Posted by Duke | March 5, 2011, 7:26 pm
  3. How about we accept Nature’s course, cope/adapt with the consequences, and stop throwing millions into the ocean? You can fight Nature but you will never win.

    Posted by Liv | March 5, 2011, 8:09 pm

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