USA: West Ship Island Renourishment Faces Delay

As reports, a bad weather has delayed a beach renourishment project on the north shore of West Ship Island, said Susan Rees, program manager of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program.

The $7 million Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program is to move about 600,000 cubic yards of sand onto the north shore of West Ship Island.

This renourishment project started in August 2011 is about 91 percent complete with work now concentrated on the eastern end of West Ship Island, Rees said.

Next phase is to link East and West Ship islands, which were severed during the Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the gap was widened by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The $250 million to $300 million project is to move about 19 million cubic yards of sand into the gap beginning in October, she said.


Dredging Today Staff, March 14, 2012;