In 2010, the Coastal Resources Commission completed a study of terminal groins at the request of the General Assembly. The study found that there is no scientific evidence to justify repealing the state’s current ban on groins and other hardened structures.
The study also estimated the cost of groins at $3.45M to $10.85M for total initial costs and $725,000 to $2.25M in annual costs, including maintenance, beach renourishment, and monitoring. Because the vast majority of coastal communities are already struggling to pay for existing renourishment needs, new funds will be needed to build the groins, putting more burdens on taxpayers. And because terminal groins require additional annual beach renourishment, communities will be forced to seek even more state funding to replace sand on their beaches.
Terminal groins are bad for both taxpayers and the environment. They will increase the cost of managing our beaches, and taxpayers will be called upon to cover these escalating costs. This is pure folly in the face of our current budget deficit. The legislature should protect taxpayers from the enormous financial and environmental cost of hardened structures and maintain the current ban on terminal groins.
North Carolina’s beaches belong to us all.
Please oppose legislation that allows hardened structures on beaches and inlets.
OPPOSE SB 110.
More information: Rob Lamme, NC Coastal Federation, roblamme[at]gmail.com, 919-630-3375
SB 110 – Permit Terminal Groins
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE PERMITTING AND CONSTRUCTION OF TERMINAL GROINS AT INLETS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
Terminal groins and hardened structures are damaging to our valuable beaches and our economy. They will increase the cost of managing our beaches, and taxpayers will be forced to cover the escalating costs of moving sand for the long term.