Sandbridge Beach Replenishment

​​The Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Sandbridge Beach was authorized by Section 101(22) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992, Public Law 102-580 as amended.  Although the initial nourishment occurred in 1998 (100% City funded), three renourishments were able to occur as a result of the August 19, 2002 ​Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the City and the USACE.  The PCA allows for a 65%-35% cost share between the USACE and the City for renourishment projects.  However, the Federal cost share percentage and subsequently the ability to fund the project is based on Federal appropriations.​​​​​

The fourth beach renourishment project was completed along the 5 mile shoreline in June 2013.  2.18 million cubic yards of sand were placed on the beach between Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Dam Neck Naval Facility.  Federal appropriations were unavailable to fund the $15.9 million project.  Fortunately, the City proactively worked with State and Federal representatives to amend legislation to allow for the City to pay 100% of the construction funds.  Utilizing the established Sandbridge Special Service District funds, the project was able to move forward as planned.​

Since the completion of the 2013 renourishment, beach profile monitoring of the project site has occurred in the spring and fall of each year.  The purpose of the beach profile monitoring is to monitor and determine how much sand is remaining within the system and to gauge the remaining project life.  Results of the Fall 2016 Beach Profile Monitoring Report and next steps were presented to the Sandbridge Civic League on Monday, April 17, 2017.​