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Shifting Sands

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Host Dave DeWitt discusses efforts along the North Carolina coast to assess sea level rise and mitigate the impact of beach erosion.

As sea levels rise, some coastal communities have looked to beach nourishment as a way to temporarily halt erosion along the shore. The process dredges sand from offshore to rebuild a beach and maintain a shoreline, and has taken place along the North Carolina coast 265 times over nearly a century. Host Dave DeWitt talks with Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, about the environmental and financial cost of beach nourishment and the future of the North Carolina coastline.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Feature News Editor. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC. His fascination for audio storytelling and radio journalism began as a broadcast major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC’s student-led radio news show, where Charlie’s work won multiple Hearst Journalism Awards.