Scituate Seeks Corps Permit for Beach Nourishment

The town of Scituate is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with constructing the North Scituate Beach Nourishment Project in Scituate, Mass.

The applicant’s project purpose is storm damage protection. The work is proposed in the Atlantic Ocean at North Scituate Beach on Glades Road in Scituate.

The proposed work involves the placement of fill material below the high tide line of waters of the U.S. in order to construct the North Scituate Beach Nourishment Project. The project requires approximately 240,000 cubic yards of material.

The majority of the project area is protected by a concrete seawall fronted by an armor stone revetment.

The beach nourishment would extend along the North Scituate Beach seawall and revetment for a distance of approximately 2,900 feet, including tapered sections at both ends with a footprint of approximately 21.1 acres. The seaward extent of the nourishment crest would be located roughly above the toe of the existing stone revetment. The design life of the project is projected to be nine years.

The nourishment would be composed of a mix of cobble, gravel, and sand to enhance the stability of the beach. Due to the orientation of the shoreline and incoming wave energy, the nourishment material would be transported both cross-shore and along shore.

Periodic re-nourishment also will be required to account for sediment transported offshore and to adjacent shorelines.

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