Donnerstag, 22. November 2007

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Hunting Island
Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular state parks and beachareas in South Carolina. Hunting Island beach attracts over a million visitors a year. The pristine sandy beach, natural setting and warm Atlantic Oceanmake a perfect getaway. Camping, the historic lighthouse, lagoon,fishing pier and nature trails. Hunting Island is not just another's a nature and wildlife paradise... right here in the USA.
This island faces the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern shore and provides access to sandy beaches and rolling surf. The natural beauty of the South Carolina coast cannot be matched. Hunting Island is a barrier island, nature’s first defense against the onslaughts of the Atlantic Ocean. Its four miles of beachfront take a tremendous pounding from the sea.
Erosion at Hunting Island
Erosion on Hunting Island takes away approximately 15 feet of sand every year. It is one of the fastest eroding beaches on the east coast. And, of course, the offshore winds generated during the bad hurricane season of 2004 eroded the beach alarmingly – 50 feet disappeared from the south beach area near Cabin Road.The ocean threatened to wash out the road and join with the lagoon. Federal funds became available to do emergency nourishment in the area most affected, a project now completed.
To help combat the overall erosion, particularly in the area of the lighthouse, the South Carolina legislature put $5 million into the State budget. With other funds already appropriated, the project to pump sand onto the beach in 2006 was completed and to place strategic groins (jetties) on the beach during the winter of 2006 – 2007 is also done. The sand pumping was finished in time for the 2006 turtle season. Human visitors to the park will also find the expanded beach much to their liking. The fight against erosion is constant and can never be won completely. The hope is that this beach nourishment project will preserve the beach for about 20 years. At the end of that period, more nourishment will almost surely be necessary. It is the only way to save the beach for the future generations of South Carolinians and visitors from all over the country and the world.
"We are delighted to announce our beach re-nourishment has been completed ahead of schedule, and we now have approximately 100 feet of beach at high tide for your enjoyment."