US Army Corps of Engineers
Charleston District

The Folly Beach General Reevaluation Report

The Folly Beach General Reevaluation Report will examine alternative measures to continue to deliver the coastal storm risk management benefits at Folly Beach. This $3 million study is 100% federally funded and will be completed within in three years. The study will recommend a plan to minimize coastal storm risks based on engineering, economic, and environmental analyses.

On Feb. 19th, the City of Folly Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public scoping meeting to solicit input from the public and agencies for a plan for reauthorization of the Folly Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Project for an additional 50 years, including continued federal participation in cost-shared nourishments. For more information about the meeting, please review the slides here.

The comment period is open until March 8th, and if you wish to submit input for consideration please send them to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District
Attn: Eric Gasch
69 Darlington Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Email Address: Eric.K.Gasch@usace.army.mil

Contact Information

Civil Works Project Management
69A Hagood Ave
Charleston, SC 29405
CESAC-PM@sac.usace.army.mil

Call the Charleston District - 866.329.8187

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Hurricane & Storm Damage Reduction

For thousands of years, the forces of wind, water, storms, sea level changes, and other natural processes have moved the sediments that shape and reshape our coastlines and beaches. These sediments, which range from fine, white sand to coarse gravel and cobblestones, continuously build up, or accrete, only to drift away, or erode, again and again over time in complex and sometimes unpredictable ways. Wind, tides, currents, and waves constantly keep sediment on the move to build up and wear down natural features such as bluffs, dunes, beaches, sand bars, and inlets. Under normal conditions, wind shapes the dry beach and its dunes while tides, currents, and waves shape the “wet” part of the beach.  It is natural for hurricanes and coastal storms – which move huge volumes of sediment through the system – to erode beaches.

Charleston District has been involved in coastal storm damage reduction since the 1980s. The goal of storm damage reduction projects is to reduce the amount of damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure casued by coastal erosion from storm events. There are many ways to provide coastal storm damage reduction – from breakwater installation to sea walls to beach nourishment.

Within South Carolina, Myrtle Beach and Folly Beach both have Federal Storm Damage Reduction projects in place that utilize beach nourishment as the mechanism for providing damage reduction. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 authorized a project for the southern end of Pawleys Island. The District is currently in our last year of study for Edisto Island. In order for a beach area to be eligible for the Corps’ storm damage reduction program, it must provide public beach access every one half mile and provide for adequate parking to support the use of the public access areas.

The Basics of Beach Nourishment