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Posted on: January 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City adds dredged sand from Indian Creek to Buckroe Beach and saves taxpayers more than $100,000

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Jan. 7, 2020 - Hampton’s Public Works Department has devised a way to add sand to Buckroe Beach and save taxpayers more than $100,000 at the same time. 

The stormwater team has been working on a project to retain more water and reduce flooding at Indian Creek in the city's Wythe area. As part of that project, Public Works arranged for dredging the tidal creek. Rather than disposing of the dredged material, it's being used to replenish the sand at Buckroe Beach. The dredging contractor deposited the sand from the creek bottom into a pile on Buckroe Beach (because some people carelessly dispose of bottles and other things, there was still some trash in the dredged sand). 

As part of the city’s plan, the contractor sifts through the sand to remove debris before spreading it onto the beach. However, there was a period over the weekend and early Monday when residents noticed the debris in the sand and became concerned, not knowing that part of the process included sifting and cleaning. The new sand will look considerably darker than the regular sand on the beach, but it will naturally lighten over the next several weeks. 

Residents are reminded to properly dispose of trash and other materials to keep our waterways clean.

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