The Environment Agency’s Lincolnshire Beach Management (LBM) scheme gets underway on 13 May, reports the EA.
Over the course of the £7 million LBM scheme, the EA’s contractors will pump around 400,000 cubic meters of sand onto Lincolnshire’s beaches.
Mark Robinson, senior flood risk adviser for the Environment Agency, said: “While our annual beach nourishment works continue to be very effective, our long-term estimates suggest that it will not be sustainable to continue with just sand as a method of flood risk management in the future due to the impact of climate change.”
“This is why we have worked over a number of years to review our strategy for coastal flood risk management between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point. We took a shortlist of options to public consultation in early 2019 and are currently finalizing our new draft strategy for coastal flood risk management over the next 100 years,” added Robinson.
Over the next six weeks, beaches at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft will be replenished.
The sand that is used to replenish the beaches is dredged from licensed offshore locations by a trailing suction hopper dredger HAM316
Twice a day – just before high tide – the dredger moves closer to the beach to pump approximately 5,000 cubic meters of sand onto the beach.