Marine Geologist Says Beach Renourishment A Short Term Fix

A marine geologist says as the sea level rises, North Carolina communities relying on beach renourishment programs will find it harder to keep up with the ocean's advance.

Jeff Williams of the U.S. Geological Survey told beach community and state officials that some global warming predictions forecast more frequent hurricanes, which cause the most rapid and dramatic beach erosion. Many North Carolina towns have funded dredging projects that replenish sand that has washed away.

But Williams told a gathering of the North Carolina Beach Inlet and Waterway Association that the efforts may work for a while, although they are a temporary and expensive fix.