National Shoreline Erosion Control Development and Demonstration Program (Section 227)
Commonly referred to as Section 227 (of the U.S. Water Resources and Development Act of 1996), this program is an applied research effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Monitored by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), its objectives are to provide state-of-the-art coastal shoreline protection. Its emphasis is on evaluation of innovative or nontraditional approaches to help prevent coastal erosion and to improve shoreline sediment retention.
A variety of shore protection devices and methods are being constructed, administered, and evaluated at a number of sites throughout the United States with diverse shoreline morphologies. The program requires a minimum of two on the Atlantic coast, two on the Pacific coast, two on the Great Lakes, and one on the Gulf of Mexico. These shore protection structures must have scientific support for projected performance and must not affect the aesthetic appeal of the area. Both patented devices and nonproprietary methods are permissible.
|Keywords: Sediment budget
Coastal Sediment management
Cross-shore beach profiles
Submerged reef system
Grain sediment pathways
Bed form movement
Coral rubble groins
Submerged nearshore breakwater|
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory - Engineer Research and Development Center
Waterways Experiment Station - Vicksburg, Mississippi