Beach Nourishment Projects
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Marine Minerals Program, leases sand, gravel and/or shell resources from federal waters for shore protection, beach nourishment, and wetlands restoration. Known reserves of OCS sediment resources have become increasingly scarce due to ever-increasing requests for sand and for higher volumes, resulting from depletion of nearshore and inland sand, major storm impacts, and sea level rise.
To meet future challenges, BOEM’s priority is to create a National Offshore Sand Inventory. Geological, geophysical, and environmental data will be captured in the Marine Minerals Information System (MMIS) to support proactive planning for expected and emergency needs.