As much as we would all love to be in denial about Hilton Head's Beach Restoration Project, we can be no longer. It is here. There seems to be a lot of confusion about Beach Restoration, so we are going to attempt to clear it up for you!
It's Purpose: The purpose of Beach Restoration is to build up the sand dunes. Hilton Head Island goes through this every 10 years, so you can imagine how much our beaches change within those 10 years. Beach Restoration restores our beaches and builds the dunes back up. Some people believe this prevents erosion, however it does not. It slows the erosion process down and hides it from us so we just don't see it happening. As agonizing as this all may be for tourists and residents alike, it helps protect the island during tropical storms, so we DO need it.
How it works: The process of Beach Restoration is to take sand from the deeper part of the beach/ocean and pump it on to shore. This is done using a submersible pump system attached to a barge that pumps the sand out. The other end of the pump system is on the beach receiving the sand. Once the sand is on the beach, a bulldozer comes along and builds up the sand on the dunes as well as evens out remaining sand. The diagram below explains better how this process works.