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Corps and the Coast

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has participated in coastal engineering since the early 20th century. Over time, methods for planning, designing and implementing engineering projects along the coasts have changed as scientific and technological discoveries have informed the process of coastal management.

The Corps utilizes various structural responses to facilitate navigation, provide storm protection and recreational space, and assist in emergency management. These measures protect lives and property in the coastal zone and support the many activities that take place along the coasts of the United States.

Beach nourishment.
Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dredging Along the Coast

Dredging in the coastal zone is the largest single item in the Corps' budget as over 90% of the Nation's top 50 ports for foreign commerce require regular dredging.