Local, state, and federal officials representing Tybee Island celebrated this month as the Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act passed the U.S. House and headed to the desk of President Joe Biden for his signature. The bill was a rider on the larger Water Resources Development Act of 2022, and secures authorization for island officials to implement island risk management systems for and additional 12 years. Those systems primarily include beach renourishment projects, which consist of pumping in sand from off-shore sites to reinforce and replenish Tybee’s famous beaches and dunes, which naturally recede from storms and rising water levels. Those projects cost anywhere between $10-18 million annually, most of which is procured via federal grants.
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